Geographic & priority populations

COVID has led to changes in the sexual behavior and access to healthcare among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM)

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) often experience significant health disparities that may act as barriers to needed health services. As part of their CITF-funded research, Dr. Daniel Grace from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Dr. Nathan Lachowsky from the University of Victoria, [...]

2021-09-21T16:07:56-04:00September 21, 2021|Geographic & priority populations, LGBTQ2+|

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy in Ontario – Report #2

In a study supported by the Vaccine Surveillance Reference Group (VSRG) and the CITF, Dr. Deshayne Fell and her team at the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) in Ontario are evaluating province-wide data on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant individuals. In their second report, which includes results up to June 30, 2021, they found that 28% of the pregnant [...]

2021-08-24T12:54:15-04:00August 24, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|

Low prevalence of COVID-19 among Canadian dentists during the first wave

Dental care professionals are at high risk of SARS-CoV-2 exposure due to close contact with potentially infected patients and use of aerosol-generating procedures. A team of CIHR and CITF-funded scientists led by McGill University researcher Dr. Sreenath Madathil recently presented their results in two posters at the 99th General Session of the International Association [...]

2021-07-26T19:37:22-04:00July 27, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|

Immunogenicity and safety of the Moderna vaccine in organ transplant recipients

Antibody levels, cell-mediated immunity, and safety were evaluated in solid organ transplant recipients who received two doses of the Moderna vaccine. Key findings from this study are as follows: 65.5% of patients had no detectable antibody (anti-RBD) response following the second vaccine dose; 73.1% were not able to neutralize the virus after the second [...]

2021-08-05T10:11:42-04:00July 27, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|

The effects of preventive public health on children’s behaviours during the first wave of COVID-19

Dr. Jonathon Maguire and Dr. Catherine Birken from the CITF-funded TARGet Kids! collaboration in Ontario investigated the association between public health preventive measures related to COVID-19 and health behaviours and activities in children 10 years of age and younger. Recently published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, the manuscript confirmed a reduction in [...]

2021-07-19T17:14:33-04:00July 20, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|

Social inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake for children and adolescents in Montreal

As part of their CITF-funded COVID-19 cohort study, Dr. Kate Zinszer and Dr. Caroline Quach, along with colleagues, examined whether parents from certain socioeconomic backgrounds or racialized groups were more – or less – inclined to have their child or adolescent vaccinated. In this preprint, not yet peer-reviewed, 87.6% of parents reported that their child [...]

2021-07-19T17:16:20-04:00July 20, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|

Workplace SARS-CoV-2 testing throughout the pandemic

Researchers from SeroTracker followed SARS-CoV-2 testing programs reported by 1,159 Canadian and 1,081 international employers across multiple sectors from March 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. In a recent preprint, therefore not yet peer-reviewed, they report that fewer than 20% of high transmission workplaces had publicly disclosed a testing program. These workplaces represent retail [...]

2021-07-13T10:30:42-04:00July 13, 2021|Geographic & priority populations|
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