The national vaccine panel has advised Health Canada that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be offered to Canadians aged 30 and older. All Indigenous adults, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Manitoba are now eligible for age-approved vaccines (Moderna & Pfizer-BioNTech). More than 40% of eligible Toronto residents have now received 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Canada to align policy on vaccine passports with international community

At Tuesday’s COVID-19 press briefing, Prime Minister Trudeau indicated that the federal government will align Canada’s vaccine certification process for traveling with international allies. A recent Ipsos poll for the World Economic Forum has found that 75% of people spanning 28 countries agree that COVID-19 passports should be required for entering their countries and would be effective in making large events safe. Although mostly speculative, Trudeau also said that Canadians may be able to travel outside of the country as soon as this summer. News Link

COVID-19 Immunity Task Force expert predicts vaccination threshold to ease restrictions

Dr. Timothy Evans, the Executive Director for the federal government’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, gave an early estimate on herd immunity and a threshold for easing restrictions when speaking in front a House of Commons Health Committee meeting. Although Evans indicated that Canada is a long way off from understanding an exact herd immunity threshold, he predicts that the country will need to reach 50-60% vaccinated before beginning to dial down public health measures. Canada currently stands at approximately 33% of the population having received their first dose. News Link (article is for Hill Times subscribers only)