Feds offer roadmap to provinces for easing COVID-19 restrictions

Covid-19 vaccine in box

Covid-19 vaccine in box

In the fall - once vaccine coverage is more widespread and 75 per cent of all eligible Canadians have had the two necessary doses - restrictions on higher education, indoor sports and family gatherings can be dismantled, said Health Minister Patty Hajdu.

Health Canada says those with one shot should be able to safely take part in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, picnics, and patios. During this period Health Canada are stressing the importance of following local public health guidelines and getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

The federal update comes after the US and the CDC released guidance letting people know when and where they can shed masks and forget physical distancing.

Dr. Jazz Atwal, the deputy chief public health officer, said a current spike in cases and hospitalization rates had been made worse by too many people gathering and interacting with others, despite public health orders that have been tightened three times in the last month. Canada has delayed second doses by up to 16 weeks to give more people at least some level of antibody protection against COVID-19.

On Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places, guidance the agency said will allow life to begin to return to normal.

"I think it's good practice to keep right into the fall until obviously [and] hopefully everyone receives two doses by September".

"Canada is now in the top G20 countries across a number of metrics including total doses administered per capita, percentage of population that has received at least one dose, and average daily vaccination rates", Anand confirmed Friday.

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New Brunswick will stop giving the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as the first dose to the general public, the province's top doctor said on Thursday afternoon.

The province said it will continue to offer second doses that match the first dose a person received.

Beyond vaccine metrics, she said, jurisdictions should monitor their retransmission numbers - the figures that show how widespread COVID-19 is in their communities - before re-opening.

A total of 4.5 million mRNA shots - 3.4 million from Pfizer, 1.1 million from Moderna - are now set to arrive before the Victoria Day long weekend.

Once that happens, the Prime Minister admitted it is then Canada "will be able to talk about going back to school, back to work, and back to more normality".

Tam says there's also been a decline in severe illness, with an average of fewer than 4,000 COVID-19 patients being treated in hospital each day.

Ontario had 1,632 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, including 776 in intensive care.

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