Canada has hit a major milestone on the road to COVID-19 herd immunity, with 40 per cent of Canadians — 15.2 million people — now vaccinated with at least their first dose. With millions of Pfizer and Moderna shots coming in the weeks ahead, Canada should be able to get to 50 per cent by the Victoria Day weekend and to 75 per cent by mid-June. Public health officials say all Canadians over 12 will have access to a first dose by the end of June, and to a second jab by summer’s end. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said 75 per cent is the target for first doses so that lifting restrictions doesn’t result in a fourth wave.
At least four provinces — Ontario, BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan — say they will no longer use the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for first doses going forward. The AstraZeneca shot has been linked to a rare risk of vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia. The provinces say with ample supply coming of the Pfizer and Moderna doses to inoculate everyone, they will save their remaining A-Z supplies for second shots or special cases once guidance is given. Over two-million Canadians have received AstraZeneca and 17 were confirmed to have VITT. Three women died.
Those of you who received your first dose of AstraZeneca did the right thing to protect yourselves, your loved ones and communities, and I continue to encourage everyone to sign up for a vaccine as soon as it’s your turn.
— Christine Elliott (@celliottability) May 11, 2021
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