After months of vaccine supply shortages, Health Canada says the country is now receiving millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses every week — enough to ensure that all Canadians who want to get the shots will be fully vaccinated by the end of September.
In an update on Tuesday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo said Canada will receive 20 million additional vaccine doses in June alone.
Dr. Tam also said Canada’s vaccine rollout plan is bearing fruit and “now we’re seeing the benefits of high [vaccine] coverage, including reduced illness and death among the most vulnerable populations.”
The numbers across the country are encouraging, with averages on all fronts decreasing significantly.
By the numbers, since the peak of the third wave:
- Seven-day rolling average: Under 1,500 cases daily — dropped by almost 85 percent
- Hospitalizations: Less than 1,700 daily — dropped by almost 60 percent
- Patients in ICU: Less than 750
- Average daily deaths: 27
“These positive trends give us great optimism, but they also represent a narrow window of opportunity to get ahead of this virus,” Dr. Tam said. “As we are seeing from other countries where the Delta Variant has emerged, getting the population fully vaccinated is crucial for gaining and keeping the upper hand to reopen safely.”
She added that getting COVID-19 rates down as low as possible by continuing to follow public health measures and increasing public health capacity to prevent spread “will create the environment for stronger and longer-lasting control of COVID-19.”
Dr. Tam commended Canadians for stepping up to get their shots and turn vaccine “availability into the great results we are seeing.” She announced a new social media campaign in partnership with Canadian Olympians and Paralympians called “Relay of Reasons” to encourage Canadians to keep the positive trend going.
“You can join this Relay of Reasons of why it’s important to get vaccinated by using #mywhy on social media to share your reason — whether it’s to protect your parents and grandparents or to get back to activities that connect us — use your story to reassure and motivate others,” she said.
In addition, Health Canada is launching the “Ask the Expert” initiative this week to provide answers about COVID-19 vaccination, so Canadians can make an educated choice, empowered by information from trusted sources. More details will be released soon.
“Working together, we can make the best of this window of opportunity and go for gold to get Canada vaccinated to the max,” she said.
On the same day, Ms. Tam also noted that the federal government will provide a “personal risk assessment framework” for individuals to be vaccinated, but did not specify a specific time. It remains unclear what fully immunized citizens in Canada can and cannot do. That’s because the federal government says there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.
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