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News release
Dec. 17, 2021

Ontario’s doctors support measures to curb Omicron

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2021—Ontario’s doctors support the government’s new measures to slow the spread of Omicron and urge all Ontarians to support them, even though it will mean cancelling some much-anticipated holiday celebrations.

With more than 3,000 new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, these new measures are essential to preserve Ontario’s health-care system, allow schools to reopen safely after the holidays and allow businesses to continue to function.

The Ontario Medical Association also encourages all governments to continue to follow the science and evidence around COVID-19 and take further steps if needed to halt the spread of this highly contagious variant.

The single most effective thing every Ontarian can do to help curb the pandemic is to get fully vaccinated — which now means three shots — and get their children vaccinated.

We will get through this latest twist in the pandemic. We have learned a lot in the last two years and have the experience and expertise to manage this new variant.

Other important steps include:

  • Making sure health-care workers and their families get their third shots as soon as possible
  • Having a rapid test before attending any gathering. Stay home if you don’t feel well or have any COVID symptoms.
  • Wear masks at indoor events or in crowds. An N95 mask is preferred but wear the best mask you have and wear it properly, covering your nose and mouth
  • Support one another, recognize the signs of worsening mental health and reach out for help if you are struggling by contacting your doctor or local crisis centre.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or vaccinations, ask your doctor or your local public health unit.

About the OMA

The Ontario Medical Association represents Ontario’s 43,000-plus physicians, medical students and retired physicians, advocating for and supporting doctors while strengthening the leadership role of doctors in caring for patients. Our vision is to be the trusted voice in transforming Ontario’s health-care system.