Sunday, 25 April 2021

Canada: Challenges ahead if COVID-19 restrictions lifted by summer


Global News in Canada shows that new federal modelling shows stricter public health measures have helped slow the surge in COVID-19 cases in Canada. 

And now that more people are getting inoculated against the virus, Canada’s top doctor says it may be safe to lift restrictions over the summer. 

The National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) is now recommending that people age 30 and up be offered the AstraZeneca vaccine, which could help speed up the vaccine rollout. 

Abigail Bimman reports on where Canada’s rollout needs to be for restrictions to ease and why combating vaccine hesitancy will be crucial.

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has important statements and publications at:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/immunization/national-advisory-committee-on-immunization-naci.html

NACI certainly makes recommendations for the use of vaccines currently or newly approved for use in humans in Canada, including the identification of groups at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases for whom vaccination should be targeted. NACI knowledge syntheses, analyses and recommendations on vaccine use in Canada are published in literature reviews, statements and updates.

New statements are those which have been published within the past 5 years. Previous statements are those which are were published over 5 years ago and have been archived.

NACI recommendations are also published in vaccine-specific chapters of the Canadian Immunization Guide.

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