Dr. Tam’s holiday health check with the North Pole



The following video is a video-conference conversation between Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, who is in a boardroom, and Mrs Claus, who is at the North Pole.

Theresa Tam: Well kids, I’m just doing my yearly call to the North Pole for Santa’s holiday health check…

Santa (off screen audio): Ho ho ommm ….

Mrs Claus: Why hello Dr. Tam!

Dr. Theresa Tam:  Mrs. Claus, so good to see you again, where did Santa go?!

Mrs Claus: Santa was late for snow yoga with the elves and reindeer! He says it’s great cross-training for sleigh driving –

Dr. Theresa Tam:  Sounds fun! Are you all set for the holiday season?

Mrs Claus: Of course. I must say Dr. Tam, it just warms my heart to see everyone in Canada, especially kids, working so hard to keep the holidays safe and cheerful for all.

Dr. Theresa Tam: So am I, Mrs. Claus! Every child in Canada has definitely earned their place on the nice
Dr. Theresa Tam: list! Their parents and caregivers too! It’s been a tough season with lots of viruses making people sick.

Mrs Claus: Thankfully, Santa and I are feeling as healthy as ever. We are both up to date with our vaccinations, including COVID boosters and flu shots
That’s so good to hear!
Mrs Claus: I always tell Santa to make a list! And check it twice!

  1. Stay up to date on your vaccinations.
  2. Wear a mask in crowded indoor places – and make sure it fits nice and snug.
  3. Wash your hands to the tune of Jingle Bells.

Dr. Theresa Tam: Great advice! You can also be sure to:

The more items you check off the list, the more protected you are!

Mrs Claus: Yes – you can think of it like decorating a Christmas tree. You need tinsel, lights, ornaments and the star on top. The Christmas tree is at its best when all the decorations are up and nicely layered.

Dr. Theresa Tam: You’re right! Before I let you go Mrs. Claus, we all want to know… Do you ever drive Santa’s sleigh?

Mrs Claus: You may not know this but I have a degree in mechanical engineering. I do the maintenance on the sleigh, and this year I’ve upgraded the stardust antimatter propulsion system to make Santa’s delivery even more efficient!

Dr. Theresa Tam: So cool!

Mrs Claus: Science really is. Well it was great chatting with you Dr. Tam.

Dr. Theresa Tam:   Thanks, Mrs. Claus. Happy holidays everyone!

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