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Who has committed the provinces to receive COVID-19 vaccines in the coming weeks?
As COVID-19 vaccine supplies increase across the country, most provinces and territories have released details of who can expect a shot in the coming weeks. Here is a list of their plans so far: Newfoundland and Labrador Province says it is in Phase 1 of its vaccine roll out. Priority will be given to healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic, nursing home workers, people of “advanced age” and adults in remote or isolated indigenous communities. Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, chief medical health officer, said Phase 2 will begin in April if vaccine supplies remain stable. In the second phase, adults over the age of 60, starting with over 80, as well as indigenous adults, first responders, rotation workers and adults in marginalized population groups, such as B. Homeless, prioritized. Adults between the ages of 16 and 59 will be vaccinated in the third phase of the rollout, and Fitzgerald has announced that it will begin this summer. — Nova Scotia health officials began expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines on February 22nd, opening community clinics for people aged 80 and over. Dr. Robert Strang, chief medical officer for health, said the province plans to open an additional 10 clinics in March for 48,000 people, who will be sent a letter informing them to book an appointment. Strang said the vaccination program would then be expanded to the next age group in descending order until everyone in the province was given the opportunity to be vaccinated. The age groups are continued in five-year blocks. Future community clinics are scheduled to take place on March 8th in Halifax, New Minas, Sydney and Truro. March 15 in Antigonish, Halifax and Yarmouth; March 22nd and 22nd in Amherst, Bridgewater and Dartmouth. The province began its vaccination campaign with residents of nursing homes, people working directly with patients, people aged 80 and over, and people at risk for other reasons, including First Nations and Nova Scotian African communities. Nova Scotia plans to have vaccines available to at least 75 percent of the population by the end of September 2021. — Prince Edward Island The province states that the first phase of their vaccination campaign is currently to last until the end of March. The target group are residents and employees of long-term and community care as well as health care workers with direct patient contact and a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. Those 80 years and older, adults in indigenous communities, as well as truck drivers and other rotation workers are also included. The next phase, due to start in April, is aimed at people over 70 and key workers. The province plans to make the vaccine available to everyone in late summer and fall. — New Brunswick Province is also focusing on vaccinating people living in nursing homes, healthcare workers with direct patient contact, adults in First Nations communities, and older New Brunswickers for the first phase, which will last at least through March. The next phase is slated to begin in the spring and will include residents and community workers, other healthcare workers, including pharmacists, first responders, and critical infrastructure workers. The government website states that once the vaccine supply is continuous and in sufficiently large quantities, the entire population will receive the shots. — Quebec Quebec began vaccinating older seniors on Monday after an initial phase primarily focused on healthcare workers, remote communities, and long-term care. In Montreal, mass vaccination sites like the Olympic Stadium opened their doors to the public when the province began vaccinating seniors living in the hardest-hit city. The government announced last week that it would book appointments across the province for people aged 85 and over. However, in some regions, including Montreal, that age limit has now dropped to 70 years. The province says vaccination of children and pregnant women will be determined based on future studies of the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in these populations. — Ontario Province began vaccinating top priority people, including long-term carers, high-risk retirement homes, certain classes of healthcare workers, and people living in nursing homes. Some regions in Ontario on Monday pushed their public vaccination plans forward while others used their own systems to allow residents 80 and older to schedule appointments. Toronto also began vaccinating members of its police force on Monday after the province identified front-line officers as a priority group. Police officers and sergeants responding to emergency calls that may require medical assistance are now included in the ongoing first phase of the vaccine rollout in Ontario, a force spokeswoman said. A day earlier, Toronto said the province had expanded the first phase of its vaccination campaign to include residents with homelessness. The provincial government has announced that it will start vaccinating Ontarians aged 80 and over from the 15th week of March. On the same day, she plans to launch her vaccine booking system, which will include a service desk and an online portal. It has been announced that the introduction of vaccines will be different in each of the 34 public health units. When asked about the lack of cohesion across the province, Health Minister Christine Elliott said that public health units know their regions best and that they have therefore been given the responsibility to set the pace on the ground. — Manitoba Manitoba is starting to vaccinate people in the general population. Appointments are now available for most people aged 94 and over, or First Nations aged 74 and over. So far, vaccines have been targeted at specific groups, e.g. B. to healthcare workers and people in nursing homes. Health officials plan to gradually lower the minimum age over the coming months. Dr. Joss Reimer, medical director of the province’s vaccine task force, said vaccinations could be open to all adults in the province through August if supplies remain stable. — Saskatchewan Province is still in the first phase of its vaccination rollout, reserving doses for residents and long-term care workers, health care workers at increased risk of COVID-19 exposure, seniors over 70 and others 50 or older live in a remote area. In total, nearly 400,000 doses are required to complete this phase. The next phase will focus on vaccinating the general population by age. She hopes to start her mass vaccination campaign in April, but if there are not enough supplies it could be postponed until June. Saskatchewan will begin immunizing the general population in 10-year increments, beginning in those 60-69 year olds. This age group also includes people living in emergency shelters, people with intellectual disabilities in nursing homes and people who are medically at risk. Police, correctional staff and teachers are among the frontline workers who are not given priority for early access to gunfire. The government says the supply is tight. — Alberta Alberta now offers vaccines for anyone born in 1946 or earlier, a group that represents approximately 230,000 people. Appointments are offered through an online portal and the 811 Health Link telephone line. Starting in early March, this cohort will also be offered admissions in more than 100 pharmacies in Calgary, Red Deer, and Edmonton. The government has announced that medical practices are also planned. Health Secretary Tyler Shandro said all eligible seniors should have their first shots by the end of March. But he said Monday the province will not vaccinate Oxford-AstraZeneca to anyone over 65 after the National Vaccination Advisory Committee expressed concern that there is limited data on how well they work in older populations becomes. The first phase of the vaccine rollout also included people 65 and over living in a First Nations or Metis community, various frontline health workers, paramedics, and rescue workers. Phase 2 of the rollout, which is slated to begin in April, will begin with people 65 and over, indigenous people over 50, and employees and residents of licensed support facilities that were not previously included. — British Columbia British Columbia will extend the time between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to four months so that all adults can have their first shot by the end of July. Dr. Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry says evidence from the province and around the world shows at least 90 percent protection from the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines. The province launched the second phase of its vaccination campaign on Monday, and health officials will be reaching out to residents and staff of independent residential centers who live in retirement homes, as well as customers and home care workers. Seniors aged 90 and over can call next Monday to make an appointment. One week later, the over 85-year-olds follow and one week later the over 80-year-olds. Henry also says first responders and key workers may be able to be vaccinated starting April as the province also adopts a strategy for the newly approved AstraZeneca vaccine. — Nunavut Territory expects 75 percent of the population over the age of 18 to get enough vaccines. After a COVID-19 vaccine is administered, patients will be followed up to ensure they are properly informed of the second dose. Nunavut’s priority populations are vaccinated first. This includes residents of emergency shelters, those aged 60 and over, staff and inmates, as well as correctional facilities, first responders and frontline health workers. — Northwest Territories The Northwest Territories whose priority groups – such as people over 60, frontline health workers, and people who live in remote communities – will be vaccinated.The Territory expects to vaccinate the rest of its adult population starting this month. — Yukon Yukon Says it will receive enough vaccine by the end of March to immunize 75 percent of its adult population. Priority for vaccinations is given to residents and employees in nursing homes, group homes and emergency shelters as well as employees in the health sector and in personal care. People over 80 who are not in long-term care and people who live in rural and remote communities, including indigenous peoples, are also on the priority list for admission. — This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 2, 2021. 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