Glen McGregor | CTV News interviews Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on January 5, 2022:
“Prime Minister, there is still a significant population in Canada that is refusing to get vaccinated despite all the things you’ve done: travel restrictions, vaccine mandates, you coming out here with press conferences imploring them to get their shots. In France they are bringing in new measures with what President Makron calls his intent to piss them off. Wondering what you’re going to do that you haven’t tried already to reach these people who are continuing to clog up the ICUs.”
Here’s Trudeau’s responses:
“We have to recognize that the vast majority of Canadians have stepped up to get themselves vaccinated.”
According to the interactive map from Health Canada, the vaccination rates confirm Trudeau’s statement:
101.2% – Newfoundland & Labradour (can someone explain what a 101.2% vaccination rate means?)
89.3% – Quebec
87.2% – Ontario
87.1% – Manitoba
83.7% – Saskatchewan
85.3% – Alberta
88.7% – British Columbia
90.4% – Yukon
94.1% – NWT
87.9% – Nunavut
0% – Newfoundland & Labradour
10.7% – Quebec
12.8% – Ontario
12.9% – Manitoba
16.3% – Saskatchewan
14.7% – Alberta
11.3% – British Columbia
9.6% – Yukon
5.9% – NWT
12.1% – Nunavut
The reason for getting vaccinated according to Trudeau is, “to protect their loved ones, to protect frontline health workers.”
This blanket statement may be true for some people but not all as this August 2021 CTV news story shows:
“Because numbers don’t explain why some are opting not to get vaccinated, CTVNews.ca asked Canadians who haven’t got a shot to share their reasons…Among the responses from people across the country, the majority expressed concerns about potential side-effects and the amount of research and testing of the vaccines as the main reasons for their hesitancy.” CTV News Story Here
Do vaccines stop transmission? From the CDC website:
- A vaccine breakthrough infection happens when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with COVID-19. People with vaccine breakthrough infections may spread COVID-19 to others.
- People who get vaccine breakthrough infections can be contagious.
- The viral load of vaccinated people with breakthrough cases is the same as in unvaccinated people.
“People are seeing cancer treatments and elective surgeries put off because beds are filled with people who chose not to get vaccinated.”
Consider this CTV headline from 9 years ago:
Hospitals overwhelmed by flu and norovirus patients – Read the story here
Q: Do staff shortages affect treatment and surgeries?
‘It’s a crisis’: Canadian hospitals closing, cancelling surgeries amid COVID-related staff shortages – Read the story here
Q: Does declining hospital beds affect surgeries and treatment?
Frédéric Michas – Research expert covering health, society & economy Nov 10, 2021. This statistic depicts the density of hospital beds in Canada from 1976 to 2019. In 1980, the average number of hospital beds in Canada stood at 6.75 per one thousand inhabitants. By 2019, this rate had decreased to 2.5 per every thousand population.
Trudeau says: “They’re frustrated.”
Who are “they”? Canada’s population as of January 9, 2022 is 38,244,666. From Statistics Canada.
“When people see that we’re in lock downs or serious public health restrictions right now because the risk posed to all of us by unvaccinated people – people get angry.”
The CDC Website states the vaccines offer “reduced protection over time” – which explains the 4th booster shot.
“According to Dr. Brian Conway, an infectious disease expert and medical director of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre, it’s too early to say whether a fourth dose might be needed any time soon. Still, he said it’s likely that an annual booster shot will be necessary to strengthen the body’s immune response, something he anticipates will be seen in the fall to coincide with flu season.”
Early on the goal was herd immunity. Now experts say it’s unlikely we will achieve it.
From May 5, 2021 – The Wheel of Co-Creation