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Everyone in Canada will have access to corona vaccinations.

Residency status is not a consideration in Canada’s vaccine distribution policy.

The immigrant status would not be a factor in the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, says the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has announced that COVID-19 vaccines will be accessible to all individuals in Canada for whom it is approved and recommended for use, regardless of whether they are people or not.

Canada has already approved the Pfitzer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals over the age of 16 and the Moderna vaccine for individuals over the age of 18. Residents and employees in nursing homes, adults over 70, health care professionals, and adults in aboriginal groups will be given preference for early vaccination.

Canada’s government website also says that more people will have access to the vaccine as additional vaccines become available. These groups include citizens and employees of communal living areas; such as migrant accommodation, some vital workers, and health workers, who were excluded in the initial roll-out. 

There were 935,700 doses of the vaccine delivered to Canada as of January 21, 2021. As per the vaccine tracking system managed by a University of Saskatchewan student, approximately 729,640 doses were conducted as of January 21, based on official updates from each region. 

In order to identify the vaccine delivery objectives, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments are now using the guidelines stated by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).

Considering several factors that increase the risk of Immigrants, are included in these guidelines. Many migrant communities, for example, may be exposed to the virus differently because of foreign travel or because of their jobs and other causes.

The NACI has, therefore, proposed a range of steps to minimize inequality and enhance accessibility for migrants and other groups. Preparing immunization campaigns with immigration and refugee departments, offering culturally – appropriate study guides in multiple languages and making translators accessible in facilities are some of the guidelines.

On provincial vaccine websites, the provinces have officially revealed the delivery plans.  Quebec and Manitoba spokesmen also said migrants, regardless of status, could obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.  A Northwest Territories representative stated, once they conduct a phased rollout, anyone with a legitimate NWT health care card will get the mandatory Moderna vaccine.

As the manufacturer struggles to satisfy international demand deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine are predicted to decrease by 50 percent within the next four weeks. The federal government also hopes that it will be possible by September 2021 for anybody who wishes to be vaccinated in Canada.

Rushabh Brahmbhatt

Rushabh Brahmbhatt

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