COVID-19 and IBD: Updates, Vaccines and Public Health Mandates

March 10, 2022

Watch this video to get the latest updates and guidance as provinces across Canada are beginning to open back up and loosen COVID-19 restrictions. Topics include: 3rd and 4th dose of vaccines, how children with IBD should be vaccinated, changes in public health mask and vaccine mandates, what happens to immunity overtime, what to do when you test positive for COVID-19 and how will we know when the pandemic is over.

Featured Panelists

Dr. Abdu Sharkawy (MD, BMSc, FRCPC), Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network | @SharkawyMD

Dr. Ellen Kuenzig (PhD) Senior Research Associate, Epidemiologist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre, SickKids Hospital, Person living with IBD


Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist and Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Past Chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada | @gilkaplan

Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD, FRCPC), Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, NASPGHAN Canadian Councilor, Chair of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada | @ericbenchimol

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.