May 12, 2021
By Jane Brown
Canada has hit a new milestone on the journey to COVID-19 herd immunity with 40 per cent of Canadian residents, 15.2 million people, now vaccinated with at least their first dose of COVID vaccine.
With millions of Pfizer and Moderna shots coming in the weeks ahead, Canada is on track to get to 50 per cent by the Victoria Day weekend and 75 per cent by mid-June.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam says 75 per cent of first dose vaccines is the target before lifting restrictions in order to prevent a fourth wave of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is offering some reassurance on what we Canadians may expect in the months ahead provided we stay the course and vaccinations continue to be given in large numbers.
“The one dose Summer sets us up for a two dose Fall,” Trudeau explained, “When we’ll be able to talk about going back to school, back to work and back to more normality.”
Here in Ontario, we are waiting to hear from the Ford PCs at Queen’s Park as to whether the stay at home order will continue beyond May 19th.
Health Minister Christine Elliott indicated this week, based on the current daily numbers, the order will stay in place for at least another 2 weeks.