Trudeau addresses Canadians in COVID-19 update amid Omicron proliferation – National

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam will join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday morning for the first federal COVID-19 updating the new year.

The update follows Trudeau’s phone call Tuesday with BC Premier and Council of the Federation President John Horgan, where the prime minister said he would hold a call with prime ministers next week to discuss how governments are keeping citizens safe. will livestream the federal COVID-19 update at. 11:30 ET.

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Trudeau’s office says he and Horgan also discussed Canada Health Transfer and agreed to continue discussions with all provincial and territorial governments to ensure Canadians are supported by effective health systems.

Trudeau reiterated his call for Canadians to be vaccinated against the virus when he received a booster shot at a pharmacy in Ottawa on Tuesday.

Quebecers 55 and above were eligible to book appointments for a third dose on Tuesday, while Saskatchewan announced it would open up fourth doses to immunocompromised individuals, provided it is three months since their third shot.

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