As infections increase, the government has considered mandatory vaccination for certain groups of people, including the elderly, medical and military personnel, and police officers.
Just over 58% of the Czech population has been fully vaccinated.
5:15 Two Conservative MPs on the committee, who introduced a COVID-19 vaccination mandate on Parliament Hill, left the vote, one revealed Tuesday, as their party formally protested the way the rule was imposed.
Conservative whip Blake Richards said he and Conservative House leader Gérard Deltell abstained when the Internal Economy Board last month ruled that everyone working in Parliament’s buildings should be vaccinated against COVID-19 – or have a medical exemption from being vaccinated – by the start of the Folketing this week.
Committee decisions are made by consensus and behind closed doors, making Richards’ recording on the floor of the House of Commons very unusual.
Read more from The Star’s Stephanie Levitz.
5 in the morning COVID-19 was a contributing cause of the recent death in Alberta of a child less than two years old, the province said Tuesday.
The news surfaced the same day Alberta officials announced that parents will be able to begin ordering vaccination appointments for children ages five to 11 this week.
Alberta’s chief physician for health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, spoke about the death of the young child at a press conference.
“While I would note that this child had complex pre-existing medical conditions that played a significant role, this does not diminish the tragic loss of such a young person,” Hinshaw said.
Read the full story from Star’s Kieran Leavitt.
4:45 Clinics in Regina and Saskatoon are today to start vaccinating children between the ages of five and 11 against COVID-19.
Several clinics open in smaller centers on Thursday.
Premier Scott Moe said on Tuesday that more than 12,000 youth appointments had been booked.
He urges all families to be vaccinated and has pointed out that children must have parental consent to receive a shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s pediatric vaccine.
Saskatchewan receives 112,000 initial doses, almost enough to give a first dose to 115,000 children in the younger age group.
Moe says making the vaccines available to all families is the key to a successful rollout for children.
4:30 Parents looking to book more than one child for a COVID-19 shot can use the province’s phone hotline to get appointments together, Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday amid concerns about difficulties with the online system.
Her advice came after the NDP revealed that many parents could not get back-to-back appointments for their children through the province’s online portal when reservations for the Pfizer vaccine opened for them aged five to 11 years.
The problem has left busy mothers and fathers with appointments for their children at different times, on different days and in different places, the new Democratic MPP accused Catherine Fife (Waterloo) in the legislature’s daily question period, calling the problem a “design flaw.”
Read more from Star’s Rob Ferguson.
4 in the morning British Columbia is expected to publish details of a paid sick leave program for workers today.
Labor Minister Harry Bains has scheduled a press conference with the province’s health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on a permanent program on sick leave, which has been promised until January.
In May, the province gave all workers up to three days of paid sick leave to support those affected by COVID-19 until 31 December.
At the time, Bains said the number of eligibility days under a permanent program would be determined through consultation.
The government has said that about half of BC employees do not have access to paid sick leave.
On its website, the government says it expects new rules to be adopted to define requirements for permanently paid sick leave in November and December.