A one-dose summer could be coming soon to Canada as Trudeau government plans to get full vaccination of Canadian population by the end of September.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Canada is on track to have a “one-dose summer” and a “two-dose fall.” Therefore, students will be able to return to school, and regular life can resume. The PM had previously confirmed the country would receive enough doses to implement such a plan. Moreover, there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines in the country to give every qualified and willing Canadian their first shot. The government plans to vaccinate everybody by September.
Meanwhile, as hopes for near-total vaccination increase, so do hopes for a return to normalcy. However, those who have only received one dose are left wondering what they can and cannot do safely while waiting for their second dose, asking themselves, “What would a ‘one-dose summer’ look like?”
Health officials, for example, are still warning Canadians who received their first dose not to be careless while waiting for the second. And while Trudeau stated we might have a ‘slightly better summer,’ restrictions will remain. The government should lift restrictions only when 75% of the population receives the first dose, and 20% gets both.
Some social distancing measures will remain in place
Even though the country could reach this target by June if it holds to current doses, the changing lifestyle we have embraced will not go away. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam outlines the distancing measures which are here to stay. “You’ll still need to keep up with some of the basic personal health measures; wearing a mask, personal hygiene measures, and social distancing measures,” she said. “You need more than one dose… you need the second dose to get maximum protection and may be increased duration of that protection.”
While PM Trudeau remains cautious, the Provinces are pushing for full vaccination of the population by the summer. The provinces could achieve this by mixing and matching vaccine doses from different providers. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether the abundant doses in Canada will make administration easier.