Since the epidemic began, Canada has imposed new travel restrictions every month, but this July might be different.
Before the border reopens, the federal government now says that 75% of Canadians must be completely vaccinated. According to the most recent official data, 31% of eligible Canadians are completely vaccinated, and 76% have had at least one dose.
Anita Anand, Canada’s vaccine procurement minister, told CBC News that by the end of July, 80 percent of Canadians should be completely vaccinated. According to the Toronto Star, Canada has a greater than 50% probability of meeting that goal in that time period.
Officials will monitor additional indications in addition to vaccination coverage while deciding whether or not to reopen the border. Case numbers, hospitalisation rates, local outbreaks, worrisome variations, and the coronavirus status in other countries are among them. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted in late June that Canada will ease travel restrictions in the following weeks.
The existing travel restrictions in Canada will expire on July 21. Although the government has the authority to extend the travel restrictions for another month, it does not appear that they will be as severe. That is, as long as the number of cases and hospitalizations decreases and the number of Canadians who have been vaccinated increases. The federal government is under pressure from both sides of the border to allow recreational travel. The tourism sector and border communities, whose economy have suffered as a result of the shutdown, are leading the charge.
On this issue, Trudeau’s administration has made it plain that science takes precedence over popular opinion, even if their science appears to be at conflict with those of other regions. Quebec, for example, does not suggest receiving a second coronavirus vaccine if they have already been sick. To be considered “fully vaccinated,” however, Canada requires two doses of an authorised vaccine. On the date the quarantine provisions are scaled back for fully vaccinated travellers, the prime minister informed reporters that the federal government was not ready to make that decision. Quebec Premier Fraçois Legault stated that it is unclear if Quebecers who meet the province’s criteria of “completely vaccinated” will be exempt from quarantine.