Regarding the Covid-19 virus, I’ve said from the beginning – when one of my neighbors was confused and spreading rumors of people in our community dying (they weren’t) – that we have to be careful of misinformation about COVID-19. Same with the vaccines. False info can impede the success of vaccination efforts.
Our friends south of the border seem to lack leadership with this, but I have to tell ya, I’m happy the Canadian government has been enterprising and proactive by implementing strategies to provide us with access to clear, transparent and reliable information about COVID-19 vaccines. Here are some facts...
⁃ Through advance acquisition programs, Canada has acquired enough inoculation serums from 7 suppliers to provide every citizen with the vaccine.
⁃ Widespread immunization provides the best option for ridding our society of Covid-19.
⁃ The goal is to enable as many Canadians as possible to be immunized as quickly as possible against COVID-19, while ensuring that high risk populations are prioritized. High risk populations will receive the vaccination first, followed by roll out to all Canadians.
⁃ Two main priority groups have been identified for the first vaccinations:
⁃ Health vulnerable: Those at high risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19.
⁃ Exposure vulnerable: Those most likely to be exposed to the virus.
⁃ Priority will be given to the elderly, residents and staff of long term care facilities, front line healthcare workers and those living in places with elevated risk of infection (such as some indigenous communities).
⁃ 2 injections are required, 3 weeks apart, with the Pfizer model and others; the Janssen version, however, requires only one dose.
⁃ Model clinics are being established across the country to prepare for the first vaccines.
⁃ 14 sites are being set up across the country to begin receiving the serums by Monday (Dec. 14).
⁃ Individual provinces and territories will decide on their own prioritization roll out.
⁃ An estimated 6 million doses will be administered immediately to the highest risk people.
⁃ All Canadians will have access to the vaccination during 2021.
Our government has this to say: “Canada’s COVID-19 immunization plan is the largest and most complex ever developed in Canada. A COVID-19 vaccine presents novel challenges, including requirements for ultra-cold or frozen storage, and delivering rapid vaccination quickly on a large scale. While Canada’s COVID-19 immunization plan has been developed to support the delivery of sufficient numbers of safe and efficacious vaccines to all Canadians, governments across Canada are also committed to anticipating potential challenges and mitigating potential disruptions.”
Let’s send this damn pandemic packing!!