Provinces will shift their vaccination rollout to young adults and teens in the coming weeks
More provinces stepped up vaccination efforts to add younger age groups to the ranks. This happens just a day after Canada officially reported partially immunizing 50% of residents against COVID-19. For example, on Sunday, Ontario became the latest province to make immunization appointments available to children aged 12 and up. Moreover, those interested in booking can do so through the province’s web portal or contact center. Though some youngsters could previously acquire a vaccine through pop-up clinics or regional initiatives, now it’s simpler across the province.
Meanwhile, long lines formed outside a walk-in immunization center in Montreal that opened its doors to the 12 to 17 age bracket over the weekend, according to reports from Quebec. The province will formally open its booking system to children aged 12 and up only on Tuesday. However, a spokesperson said staff at the clinic chose not to turn away minors looking for walk-in appointments. Despite ordering 500 extra tablets to match demand, the clinic reported that it was out of available dosages for the day by 2 p.m.
Authorities accelerate in administering doses
Thanks to its ambitious vaccination program, aiming for a one-dose summer, Canada has taken 5th place for most people in the world who received the first dose. Now, efforts to target younger residents are coinciding with a nationwide push to boost immunization rates. Between May 9 and May 15, more than 2.5 million Canadians received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But while over 50 percent have received one dose, the count of those receiving two is still low: a mere 5 percent of the total population.
Nonetheless, provinces are spearheading the efforts towards full immunization. Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and more will soon make doses available to teens and young adults. As the conjoined regional and national effort shows promising results, we may hope for full recovery by next year.