- The chief public health officer of Prince Edward Island says she found her job challenging in 2021.
- According to Dr. Heather Morrison, the Omicron variant could herald the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Compass, P.E.I.’s chief public health officer suggested that the highly contagious variant could usher in a new era in which Islanders have learned to live with COVID-19.
“This is a watershed moment,” Morrison told host Louise Martin. “At some point in the future, we will only test those people who are seriously ill with COVID. And I believe it will happen faster as a result of Omicron.”
However, she also stated that much work remains to be done before we arrive. “Right now, we still need to get people boosted to try to protect us from severe outcomes, get our children vaccinated, try to slow things down and minimize the impact on Islanders and then transition to a time when there aren’t many measures in place except some of the basic ones that we talked about way before COVID.”
Morrison stated that all Islanders would face challenges in 2021.
She admitted that the pandemic had had a significant impact on her personal life, and she has considered leaving her job as the person in charge of managing COVID-19 in the province.
Abuse from a small group of Islanders opposed to pandemic restrictions has played a significant role. “That’s the part that I find the most difficult not that people don’t want to be vaccinated or wear masks. When I see that, I believe we should do a better job of explaining why and the science behind it.”
Morrison stated that, while 2021 has not been a good year, on the whole, there have been some positive developments, such as high vaccination rates on the Island, a low number of cases per capita analogized to the rest of Canada, the implementation of the P.E.I. Pass and launch a pediatric vaccine for children aged 5-11.
“We’re all exhausted and worn out. “But we don’t have a choice,” she explained. “We did not create Omicron.” So we’re going to have to face it and deal with it.
Source: CBC News