Bruce Arthur has been unrelenting in his criticism of Ontario's COVID response. Now we're almost there he writes:
The pandemic that has upended the entire damned globe can effectively end, within its current parameters, if enough people get vaccinated. That’s it. Canada has so many vaccines it had to pause deliveries. In Ontario, 80.7 per cent of all eligible people had two doses as of Wednesday morning, and 86.1 per cent had at least one.
But there's still more to do:
It’s great but it’s not enough, not if you want to get to 90 per cent of all Ontarians to protect against Delta. Even once Pfizer is approved for ages 5-11, which will hopefully happen in the next eight weeks or so, that is another million Ontarians, more or less. To get to 90 per cent of the 5+ population requires another million people after that. And currently Ontario is only delivering about 40,000 single doses per day.
So now we are in the last miles and they’re hard, and even as Ontario keeps a fourth wave under a spooky sort of control, the hospitals are already teetering. Imagine what they look like if a COVID wave rises, along with any other respiratory cycle. They’re fragile.
Which is just another reason Ontario needs to overcome its approach that vaccination will take care of itself, and the latent implication that anti-vaxxers need to be overly accommodated. We need vaccine mandates. You can carve out an exception for people willing to endure the safety-creating inconvenience of daily rapid tests. That would allow the possibility of education to work, and it wouldn’t be fun,
Otherwise, make it all but absolutely mandatory: for health care, for long-term care, for teachers, for cops, maybe for restaurants and bars and nightclubs, and for the transit workers whose unions foolishly stood next to disgraced crank MPP Roman Baber, before one sprinted the other way in an admirable bit of comedy.
You need a driver's licence to drive a car. You need to be vaccinated to get around and go places. It's that simple.