November 23, 2022 3:27 PM
Federal health officials continue to urge Canadians to roll up their sleeves and get their shots.
The federal government held a new conference on Wednesday to help Canadians understand the importance of having up-to-date vaccinations. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that with the arrival of winter it is especially important to be protected.
“Children’s hospitals are overwhelmed. Our healthcare workers are very tired. Our families are also struggling. So now is the time to get vaccinated and to be protected individually, but also as a family and in a work environment,” said Duclos.
Dr. Vera Etches, medical health officer for Ottawa Public Health, said with the rising number of COVID-19 and flu cases, it is more important to get vaccines to protect people, to keep people out of the hospital and to help our health system function. She added that parents should make sure children have all their required immunizations.
“For measles, for polio. So now is the time to check with your public health departments, your primary care physicians, to make sure you’re not missing out on the protection that comes from childhood vaccinations,” Etches said.
She added that the use of COVID-19 vaccines is high among all ages except the youngest children, who are under 5 years old. She wanted parents to know that the vaccine is available for that age group and that it is safe and effective.