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Everyone in Canada who wants a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to get it by September

PHAC says based on its current rollout schedule, all Canadians should have access to a shot by the early fall of 2021.
By: Alison Larabie Chase
December 22, 2020
Photo: Evan Mitsui/CBC
Photo: Evan Mitsui/CBC

Waiting impatiently for a COVID-19 vaccination? Depending on your age and risk category, the Public Health Agency of Canada says if you want a shot, it’s likely you can get one no later than September of next year. Canada has purchased more than 400 million potential doses of vaccines, both approved and still under development, so a PHAC spokesperson says by that time, we should have more than enough to cover every Canadian who wishes to be vaccinated.

That timeline is faster than initially suggested by top officials like Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy chief public health officer. However, the timeline of vaccine approvals and manufacturing capacity will determine the ultimate speed of the rollout.

Maj-Gen. Dany Fortin of the Canadian Forces, who is overseeing logistics for the vaccine’s distribution, says it’s going very well, though the number of doses delivered so far remains small. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam reminded Canadians this week to stay vigilant and keep following public health guidelines and advice until the majority of people in the country are vaccinated.

Source: CBC News

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