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Who committed the provinces to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?
As COVID-19 vaccine supplies increase across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect a shot in the coming weeks. The military commander who handles the logistics for Canada’s vaccine distribution program says enough vaccine will be shipped to give any adult who wants one an initial dose before Canada Day. Major General Dany Fortin says if the provinces follow advice to postpone the second dose for up to four months. He also warns that what matters is that there are no more production delays. Health Canada expects a total of 36.5 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India by June 30. Most Canadian provinces have stopped using the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in people under the age of 55. Respond to an advisory committee’s concern about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots. However, Ontario and Alberta have lowered the age limit to those aged 40 and over. There are approximately 31 million Canadians over the age of 16, and vaccines are not approved for anyone under the age of 16. Here is a list of vaccination schedules across Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Health officials said vaccinations for first aiders have begun. Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccines has opened for people aged 70 and over and for home helpers. Last month, Newfoundland and Labrador extended the interval between the first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to four months. Public health officials said the change would help them vaccinate 40,000 more people with a single dose by the end of March. — Nova Scotia All Nova Scotians who want a vaccination should be able to get their first shot in late June, said Chief Medical Officer for Health Dr. Robert Strang, April 9th with. The original goal was September. Strang also said that as of April 9, Nova Scotians 65 and over were eligible for their first dose. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to be available to people aged 55 to 64 years. The province also plans to use mobile van clinics to vaccinate approximately 900 people who work in or use homeless shelters in the Halifax area. Public Health is working with pharmacists and doctors to deliver the vaccines to 25 locations. Nova Scotia has put frontline police officers on the list of eligible for vaccination in the second phase of the provincial rollout plan, joining groups such as truckers and hospital workers over the age of 60. – – Prince Edward Island Health officials say they will focus on giving all adults a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by July 1, although for some it means delaying the second shot . PEI has since joined the suspension of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to those under the age of 55 amid concerns about a possible link between the shot and rare blood clots. — New Brunswick Health officials in New Brunswick say a person aged 70 or over, a caregiver, or a family member acting on their behalf can now schedule an appointment for a vaccine at a pharmacy. Health professionals who are in close contact with patients and people with complex medical conditions may also receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The province says all nursing home residents were offered at least one dose of vaccine. Starting March 19, all residents of First Nations communities aged 16 and over were given access to their first dose of vaccine. Workers who travel across the border regularly, including regular commuters, truckers, and rotation workers, can also receive vaccines. — Quebec Quebec has expanded access to COVID-19 vaccines for Montreal residents who are important workers or who have chronic illnesses. Important employees such as teachers and first-aiders can now book an appointment after presenting proof of employment. Quebec has opened vaccination appointments across the province for people over the age of 60. Quebecers between the ages of 55 and 79 can now get an Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in walk-in clinics. The province has announced that it will lower the age for AstraZeneca, although it is not clear what that age will be. Quebec’s public health director says a recommendation from the province’s vaccination committee is expected soon and could go into effect this week. On April 8, officials announced the first 13 companies to operate clinics in their workplaces, with each location capable of vaccinating up to 25,000 people between May and August. Participating companies include National Bank, Bell and Groupe CH, owners of the Montreal Canadiens NHL team. The clinics will be located in eight different health regions and will be operational until May 1st. The Montreal Airport Authority will work with Air Canada and Bombardier to create a vaccination hub that will operate two locations on the departure level of the airport terminal and in a nearby Bombardier hangar. — Ontario Ontario is increasing the number of residents eligible for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. From Tuesday, people over 40 years of age can get the shot. The previous minimum age was 55 years. Recordings will be available through pharmacies and first-aid providers. However, Prime Minister Doug Ford’s office warned Monday that provincial officials had warned that the next two deliveries of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot to the province could be delayed. Ford’s office says it has reached out to “international allies” for help in sourcing more vaccines for the province. Meanwhile, Ontario is doubling the number of pharmacies involved in the province’s vaccine effort. Around 1,400 pharmacies at COVID-19 hotspots now offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. The province hopes to add another 100 pharmacies to the vaccine trial by the end of the month. Some Toronto and Peel Region residents 50 and older can now book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments. According to Toronto, people who live in hot spot neighborhoods can book an appointment to get their shot. The Ontario government said starting April 5, people 60 and older could book their vaccination appointments in any region. — Manitoba Manitoba uses the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for First Nations 30+ and others 50+. These are available through a number of channels, including what are known as supersites in larger communities. The health authorities are planning to lower the minimum age bit by bit in the coming months. The province also allows people aged 40 and over to obtain a vaccine against Oxford-AstraZeneca through pharmacies and medical clinics, subject to availability. Manitoba on Wednesday opened its vaccination program for all police officers and firefighters across the province, regardless of age. The province also plans to release a list of risk areas on Friday. All adults living in these zones are eligible, as are workers in these fields in certain occupations that involve dealing with the public, such as teachers, grocery store workers, and restaurant clerks. Manitoba has now given at least one dose to around 26 percent of the population 18 and over. The province estimates that all adults in the province could have an initial dose by mid-June. — Saskatchewan The Saskatchewan Health Authority books vaccinations for residents aged 48 and over. The minimum age for people in the far north drops to 40 years. Additional health care workers are eligible for exposure: employees in private medical offices, private digital imaging clinics, community laboratories, and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency. The province has also expanded the vaccine delivery schedule for people in more vulnerable groups to include all pregnant women and 16- and 17-year-olds who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Saskatchewan has also lowered the age at which people can get the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from 55 to 40, despite the prime minister saying fewer than 9,000 doses are available. There are drive-through and walk-in vaccination clinics in the municipalities of the province. However, transit locations in Regina and Saskatoon have been temporarily suspended due to limited supply. — Alberta Albertans born in 2005 or earlier at high risk of health problems can be shot. The next phase of healthcare workers can also book appointments: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, their office staff, laboratory assistants, interns in clinical areas, and healthcare workers in First Nations reservations and in Metis settlements. Previously, recordings were available to health workers, workers, and residents in supportive housing facilities, Albertans born in 1956 or earlier, and First Nations, Inuit, and Metis born in 1971 or earlier. More than 250 pharmacies offer vaccinations. Ten medical clinics across the province are also offering admissions as part of a pilot that could expand in May. The province has also lowered the minimum age for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine from 55 to 40 years. Alberta has announced that it will extend the time between the first and second dose to four months. Health Secretary Tyler Shandro said the province expects to offer a first dose of vaccine to all Albertans aged 18 and over by the end of June. — British Columbia Province is lowering the minimum age to register for COVID-19 vaccinations. The Ministry of Health says this week more than 1.8 million people are eligible to register for vaccines under the province’s Get Vacceted program. The ministry says people 40+ have been invited to register on Monday, with people 35+ registering on Tuesday and Wednesday 30+. People aged 25 and over can register on Thursday and people over 18 can register on Friday. After registration, users will receive a verification code. They then wait for an e-mail, text or call telling them that they are authorized and can book their vaccination appointment with this code. BC, along with other provinces, has lowered the age for those who are eligible for the Oxford AstraZeneca shot to 40. Adults who live and work in Whistler received their COVID-19 vaccinations on April 12th. Firefighters, police and paramedics are now vaccinated with the vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna together with employees in schools and day-care centers. — Nunavut Nunavut has opened vaccinations for people over the age of 18. The area expects the rollout of the first and second dose of vaccine to be completed by the end of April. — Northwest Territories The Northwest Territories also provide vaccines for those aged 18 and over and expect rollout to be completed by the end of April. — Yukon The Yukon government says 71 percent of the territory’s eligible residents received their first COVID-19 vaccination as returning students and seasonal workers are scheduled to take their shots. Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief health officer, says students returning to Yukon with seasonal workers could receive the COVID-19 vaccine during their mandatory self-isolation, provided they tested negative for the virus after taking a rapid test. — This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 22, 2021. The Canadian Press