Ontario premier expected to make COVID booster shot announcement in bid to curb Omicron – CBC

Top doctor advises against region-by-region approach as Omicron set to become dominant variant

Dec 14, 2021

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an announcement about COVID-19 booster doses Wednesday as the province’s chief medical officer of health recommends that the government adopt consistent, provincewide measures to deal with the Omicron variant.

CBC News has learned of the booster announcement on background from a government official. The exact nature of the announcement was unclear, but the official also said that Ford’s cabinet will meet Wednesday to discuss dramatically expanding Ontario’s capacity for administering third doses.

At a news conference Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore said he will be recommending provincewide measures to the Ford government in the coming days to help combat the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The current regional approach to public health restrictions was designed with the delta variant in mind, Moore said, and Omicron — which appears to be highly transmissible and is infecting vaccinated people — poses new risks.

“Omicron is becoming a game-changer for all of us,” he said. “I’d want to have a consistent approach across Ontario,” Moore said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-ontario-dec-14-2021-omicron-1.6285000

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