COVID-19 vaccines could begin Canadian distribution later this month
Planning is well underway by the Public Health Agency of Canada to distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the country as they become available, possibly as soon as the end of December. Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin is heading up vaccination logistics and operations for PHAC. He says that although distributing the doses will be challenging, especially given the need for some vaccines to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, the deployment team will be ready to go as soon as the shots are approved by Health Canada.
Pfizer’s vaccine is expected to be the first to receive such approval, with Moderna close behind. Up to 3 million Canadians could receive COVID-19 vaccinations in the first three months of 2021, with priority given to the most vulnerable, including long-term care residents and front-line health care workers. Millions more doses have been ordered by the federal government and will be distributed later in the year as supplies become available.