COVID-19 Vaccines and Outside Maintain Thanksgiving Secure: MLHU – London


Canadians are preparing for their second Thanksgiving Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but before someone whips the turkey and pumpkin pie, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is asking people to keep a few things in mind.

The MLHU health doctor Dr. Chris Mackie says the most important step in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 at any Thanksgiving gathering is to vaccinate as many people as possible.

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“It is equally important to hold the meetings outdoors. Being outside is about 20 times safer than gathering inside, which is comparable to being vaccinated, ”Mackie said during a media briefing Thursday.

“So when you’re outdoors and vaccinated, you have very little risk. Anyone who is not vaccinated should definitely try not to gather indoors. “

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For more guides on how to celebrate a safe Thanksgiving, visit the MLHU website. The instructions are provided in a list of aggregate options, categorized from “safer” to “least secure”.

The safer option is to celebrate with your household while inviting guests to join in virtually.

A cautious option are small outdoor gatherings where everyone is vaccinated.

The MLHU recommends taking additional measures with this option, such as Also, people are advised to keep their distance from people outside their household or wear masks when there is no room for distance.

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The MLHU considers large gatherings both indoor and outdoor to be the least secure option. With this option, health officials do not recommend meeting with unvaccinated people or inviting large numbers of guests to your home.

Sharing or eating beverages and hosting large gatherings without physical distance is also discouraged.

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Last year’s Thanksgiving was a cause for concern that after high school students would travel home before bringing an infection back to London, but Mackie says things are different now that vaccines are here.

In addition to high vaccine intake among college students, driven in part by fanshawe College and Western University vaccination guidelines, the health department doctor says Ontario is no longer dealing with COVID-19 hotspots as it was in 2020.

“International travel is a different story, we still have federal government travel warnings (for) everywhere outside of Canada and the US border in particular is still closed so this is not being encouraged,” said Mackie.

“Travel to Ontario to see your family. Again, if you can hold the meetings outdoors, especially if there are several generations involved, it will be even safer. “

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The Ontario doctor suggests that vaccinated individuals do not need to mask themselves for Thanksgiving

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