Tan discusses with provinces and regions how to protect children who are too young to be vaccinated
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said today that her team is in a “focused discussion” with provinces on how to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission among children who have not yet been vaccinated.
Although the majority of the adult population in Canada has at least one dose of the vaccine, none of the vaccines approved by Health Canada have been approved for use in children under 12 years of age.
Multiple trials are underway to test the effectiveness and safety of existing vaccines. Dr. Caroline Quach, Chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization of Canada (NACI), Once said an approved vaccine for children It is expected to be in 2022.
Therefore, people questioned the issue of returning to school in the fall.
“We are having some key discussions with provinces on future guidance because they are currently unable to get vaccinated-then what do you do with them?” Tan said at a virtual briefing today.
“Therefore, in terms of reducing risks in environments where children gather, some plans must still be made.”
She said her office is providing guidance to provinces and territories on how to best deal with children, for example, in day and overnight camps and at school in September this year.
Tan pointed to the Yukon region, where vaccination rates are high among eligible residents, but recently See an outbreak among young people Then spread.
The goal is to involve children as much as possible in the social and school environment.-Dr. Tan Lisa
“Therefore, the unvaccinated and unvaccinated people are at risk of an outbreak, so this is the reality of the future,” Tan said.
“It’s a difficult space at the moment, but I think the goal is to get children to participate as much as possible in the social and school environment. I do think ventilation and all other measures should be considered, which have been working on safety plans and are key. “
It is expected to vaccinate 80% of eligible people: Tam
Tan said that another key to maintaining the school is community communication.
According to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada, to date, Canada has received more than 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This means that 78% of people 12 years of age or older have at least one dose of the vaccine, and 44% of people 12 years of age or older are now fully vaccinated.
Tan said that almost 80% of the eligible population in Canada has been fully vaccinated. She urges those who have not yet been vaccinated to make an appointment before the colder months.
“We must maintain momentum,” she said
“As we move towards indoor autumn, the best goal to achieve is to get ahead of the highly transmitted variants and get the highest possible vaccine coverage as soon as possible.”
So far, the vaccination campaign has had a huge impact on the course of the pandemic in Canada.
The health agency stated that the number of active cases and the daily average number of cases were about 95% lower than the peak of the third wave. The average number of COVID-19 patients treated in the hospital every day has dropped by more than 80%.