A safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 is believed to protect Canadians against the novel coronavirus and will be a crucial step to safely return to what we once thought was a normal world and life. The Canadian Government is working around the clock to secure access to safe and effective vaccines. Listed below is some questions that would be helpful to know.
Canada is working with the global regulatory community to make sure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective before being approved for Canadian distribution.
Will vaccine be available for everyone?
The Canadian government stated that decisions about how to prioritize vaccination are currently being discussed. Protecting high-risk populations and those who help with pandemic response will be set as precedence. When there are additional vaccines secured, the vaccination program will be expanded to the general public.
Public health Canada suggests that one dose of vaccine may not be enough to build individual protection. You may need to get a second shot to allow your body to develop adequate immunity. They suggest it is unknown what level of immunity in the population is sufficient to achieve community immunity. Until that time the general public is advised to continue to wash hands, stay home when sick, distance, wear mask and keep using good hygiene.
Will the vaccine be mandatory?
The Canadian government announced that vaccination will be a personal choice and not mandated. It is important to Canadians to have the power and freedom of choice to make an educated decision based on your personal situation.
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