Health Canada Forecasts COVID-19 Situation For Spring, Summer and Fall

Henrietta Brewer
May 15, 2021

This will help researchers figure out what is happening during all three trimesters.

"Individuals with one dose should feel more confident that they're better protected, but you've got to get that second dose for maximal protection".

Tam said the reopening with lower vaccination rates because it has been able to "crush" the third wave and has fewer cases than Canada. "Their epidemiological picture is completely different", she said.

A nurse loads a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Dewan Gemilang UKM vaccination centre in Bangi May 5, 2021.

"You have to let the epidemiology and data drive the slow reopening measures at the local level", she said.

"I think masks might be the last layer of that multi-layer protection that we'll advise people to remove", Tam told reporters, noting that in Canada colder temperatures meant people would start spending more time indoors in the fall.

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just stated that fully vaccinated Americans can ditch their masks in most settings, Tam said Canada likely will take a more cautious approach.

The Atlantic province reported 16 new COVID-19 cases, along with 10 hospitalizations.

"We will not be using the vaccine for first doses in our campaign for the general population, but there are circumstances where this approved and widely used globally vaccine can be used for homebound extra-mural patients who have provided their consent, after fully understanding associated risks", Russell said. She says maintaining that pace will allow "an outdoor summer that gets us back into numerous activities we've been missing". "Here's What happens next", they outline how many people should be vaccinated and what health restrictions Canadians can expect to see lifted if those targets are met.

Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Anita Anand says as of Thursday, Canada has received more than 20-million vaccine doses, and 42 per cent of all Canadians have had at least one shot and more than half of adults have had at least one.

Currently, about 1.3-million people - or roughly 3.5 percent of the population - have been fully vaccinated.

"This gives Canadians a vision of what it looks like as we proceed down this vaccination path together", said Hajdu.

Back in Ottawa, the military officer in charge of Canada's vaccine rollout said 655,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine have been received from COVAX, the global vaccine sharing alliance. Those shots likely will be earmarked for people who already have had a first dose of this product, Tam said.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province's chief medical officer of health, said AstraZeneca will continue to be offered as a second dose and to people who aren't able to get out to a specialized vaccine clinic that offers mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna.

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