Action Alert: It’s mandates we need, not recommendations, premier!

We knew we were in for a difficult fall – and here it is. A dangerous triple threat of COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza is putting children’s lives at risk, particularly those aged four and younger. And, accumulating evidence suggests that subsequent COVID-19 infections may have compounding effects, becoming ever more dangerous and potentially linked to Long COVID.

We’ve taken too long to enact public health measures in the past. We can’t make that mistake again.

Join us! Call on the premier to mandate masks and rollout vaccines, immediately!

A mandate to mask in all indoor settings will reduce illness and increase awareness of the seriousness of the current hospital crisis. It will also prevent community spread of the three viruses ahead of winter, when the situation will undoubtedly worsen. And, without a concerted health-equity approach to the rollout of bivalent and flu vaccines, the impact will once again fall disproportionately on the most vulnerable communities.

In addition to the viruses is the shortage of health professionals. With Bill 124 and unremitting, heavy workloads driving nurses out of our health system, we cannot risk increasing their burden. A mask mandate and a proactive, equity-focused rollout of bivalent and flu vaccines will reduce infection and save lives.

Join us! Call on the premier to mandate masks and rollout vaccines, immediately!

Copy will be sent to the following:

Hon. Doug Ford
premier of Ontario and provincial minister of intergovernmental affairs
Dr. Kieran Moore
Chief Medical Office of Health
Hon. Sylvia Jones
deputy premier and minister of health
Hon. Paul Calandra
Minister of Long-Term Care, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MPP for Markham-Stouffville
Hon. Greg Rickford
Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, MPP
Peter Tabuns
NDP Critic, Climate Action , MPP
France Gélinas
MPP and Ontario New Democratic Party health critic
John Fraser
interim party leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and MPP for Ottawa South
Mike Schreiner
MPP and leader of the Green Party of Ontario
Sol Mamakwa
NDP Indigenous and treaty relations
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