Latest on Vaccine Rollout in Hamilton, The C-19 fight isn't over as variants remain a concern & New travel rules & restrictions

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The Bill Kelly Show Podcast:

Vaccine eligibility in Hamilton and across the province has been updated. As of yesterday all Ontarians who received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 9, 2021 are eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval. And as of Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., individuals who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine on or before May 30, 2021 -- and who live in a Delta hot spot (Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, Porcupine, Simcoe-Muskoka, Toronto, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, and York public health units) -- will be eligible to book or rebook their second dose appointment at a shortened interval.

Starting the week of June 28, 2021 (days / sequence to be confirmed) all Ontarians aged 18 and over who have received their first dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine will be eligible to book their second dose appointment. The appointment will be scheduled at least 28 days after the first dose, per the recommended interval

GUEST: Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Chief Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton

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Dr. Terresa Tam is reminding Canadians that with COVID-19 still out there in the world, even as we all get vaccinated, there is still the possibility that new variants will develop -- and they could still pose a problem. Meanwhile, experts warn that we will likely see a spike in cases as travel restrictions lift, and there are stories -- rare, though they are -- of vaccinated people becoming infected with COVID-19. In short, the game is not over...

GUEST: Dr. Barry Pakes, Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician, and a Professor with Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

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As restrictions loosen for fully vaccinated travelers coming in and out of Canada, more cases of COVID-19 will be imported, experts say, though getting more Canadians vaccinated will reduce the chances of significant outbreaks.

As of July 5, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens, permanent residents and people registered under the Indian Act will no longer have to quarantine when they enter Canada, the federal government announced Monday.

At a press conference, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair said the government is still urging people not to travel internationally right now, but noted the border restrictions that began more than 15 months ago “were never intended to be permanent.”

GUEST: Dr. Marion Joppe, a professor with the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph

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