With the recent announcement that Health Canada approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, the second to be made available to the public, Canadians may be wondering when their chances of being vaccinated will be.
But as the country is in the early stages of vaccination, that is still unclear, much depends on what they do and where they live.
It is up to each province and area to decide how the vaccine will be administered. But generally, they follow the recommendations made by the National Vaccination Committee (NACI). The advisory committee made the recommendations using experts in the field of pediatrics, infectious diseases, immunology, pharmacy, nursing, infectious diseases, pharmacoeconomics, social science, and public health.
Who is vaccinated first?
In the first phase of the immunization program, NACI advised that initial doses should go to the four groups:
- Citizens and staff of long-term care facilities.
- Adults aged 70 and over, starting with people aged 80 and over, and then gradually increasing to five to 70 years as the diagnosis is made.
- Health care workers, including all those who work in medical facilities, as well as support staff who meet directly with patients.
- Older people in indigenous communities, where infection can have unequal consequences.
In Section 2 of the vaccination roll, NACI recommended that recipients submit:
- Health care workers who are not part of the initial discharge.
- Citizens and workers from all other areas come together (e.g., immigrant accommodation, rehabilitation facilities, homeless accommodation).
- Key personnel, including police, firefighters and food producers.
Provincial and local governments may make changes to this listing. For example, the Alberta system divides the first phase into Phase 1A and Phase 1B – with First Nations, Metis and people 65 and older who live in First Nations or Metis Settlement communities who do not receive vaccination until the second half of the first phase. .
In Quebec, it was recently decided that caregivers over the age of 70 who visit residential and long-term care homes at least three times a week would be included in the most important group.
In terms of Phase 2, most districts have not yet set out who will qualify or who will be considered an important employee.
The first phase is expected to threaten many provinces by the end of March, and the second phase could extend into mid-summer.
When is the community expected to receive the vaccine?
Much of that depends on the province or territory. In Ontario, retired Rick Hillier, head of the provincial vaccination team, said he believed “we could enter mainland Ontario by July.”
But some states, such as Alberta, have set the example for the fall of 2021 as the start of the third phase, when the public will receive the goal.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the country should have enough doses next year to vaccinate every Canadian who wants to be shot by the end of September. But those time lines may vary by province.
Where can I get a vaccine?
In the first stage, because the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech should be kept free between 80 C and 60 C, the vaccine is given to clinics across the country in special refrigerators. That means some of the vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities cannot get the vaccine because it cannot be transported to nursing homes, and many residents cannot afford to go to clinics.
However, the approval of the Moderna vaccine, which does not have severe storage requirements such as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, means that some of those residents may be able to get vaccinations at home with long-term care. It also means that people in remote northern communities and indigenous communities who have not been able to keep the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will begin to receive the Modern vaccine.
In the second phase, vaccines should be widely available in many places, including hospitals and other pharmacies.
In the third stage, family doctors’ offices and pharmacies may provide vaccines. Hillier said getting the COVID-19 vaccine at this time should not be more difficult than being beaten with a stick or the flu.
How do I get it when it’s my turn to be vaccinated?
In the first phase, health officials urge the general public not to go to vaccinated clinics nationwide. Many district health officials contact those who qualify, or those who qualify are notified by their employer. In Manitoba, appointments are made over the telephone, with a new online system to be launched in early 2021.
For the general public, who do not belong to the priority groups, for example, British Columbia, is currently compiling a system that will allow the public to register to receive the vaccine and be officially registered as a vaccine.
In particular, however, the provinces are still developing those programs.
Who should not get the vaccine right now?
The national advisory committee has recommended that certain individuals be vaccinated until further evidence is gathered about the potential risks. These include:
Are you under stress due to illness or treatment.
They are pregnant or breastfeeding.
However, the COVID-19 vaccine may be given to individuals if the risk assessment shows that the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
Will Canada’s snowbirds have to fly home to be shot?
According to the Canadian Snowbirds Association, for those snowbirds currently in Florida, the state vaccination program states that residency will not determine the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that non-residents, including Canadian snow birds, will be able to access vaccines in the province when they become readily available in the coming months.
The same applies to Canadian Arizona birds.