Many people around the world have been waiting for the vaccine for the coronavirus to be available so they can get their shots and be protected from the deadly virus. With the billions of people all around the world, having access to this precious vaccine can be difficult as production is still ongoing and the distribution can be another issue. Aside from that, governments have to work on having enough budget to purchase these precious shots. It is a good thing that countries like Canada are working hard to be able to acquire more than enough vaccines to give to their citizens. In fact, Canada is working hard to make sure that not only citizens get the vaccine but immigrants in the country as well.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the official agency of the country on public health, when it comes to the rollout of the vaccine for COVID-19, the immigration status of a person in Canada should really not be a factor at all. In fact, the PHAC has continued to say that the vaccines that are approved, and recommended would be available for all people who are in the country. So this means that not only citizens would be getting the vaccine but even immigrants would be getting their shots too.
The approved vaccines
For people who are over 16 years old and living in Canada, the government has already given the green light for the vaccine made by Pfitzer-BioNTech. The Moderna vaccine, on the other hand, has also been approved by the government to be given to individuals who are older than 18 years old. The people who would be getting early vaccinations are those who are residents of care homes as well as the staff of these facilities. Other groups of people who are also considered as priorities are those are over 70 years old, adults belonging to indigenous communities, and health care workers.
The website of the government of Canada has also disclosed that when more vaccines are available, that would be when the rest of the population of Canada would be able to have them. There would still be priorities as per the next batches of vaccines and that would include residents of shared living spaces as well as the staff working there. Aside from them, prioritized groups would also include immigrant workers and essential workers.
Rolling out the vaccines
Last January 21st, there were already 935,700 vaccine doses that were already sent and delivered to Canada. Of that amount, around 729,600 doses have already been administered throughout the country. With more doses coming in, the government of Canada has been working on data and recommendations so as to better plan the distribution and the priorities.
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