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Who is next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine across Canada? – CTV News

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TORONTO —
Vaccine rollout across the country has been off to a rocky and slow start, but with more doses set to arrive in the coming days and weeks, here’s where each province and territory stands on getting shots in arms.

British Columbia

B.C.’s first phase of vaccine delivery is expected to be completed this month with more shots going into arms beginning in March 2021.

Those eligible in the next round of vaccines are seniors over the age of 80, Indigenous seniors aged 65 and over, Elders, health-care workers, vulnerable populations living and working in congregated settings,and staff providing in-home care to seniors.

The general population is expected to begin receiving their first doses of the vaccines in April through to the fall of 2021.

Between Feb. 22 and 28, B.C. will receive 16,400 Moderna doses and 64,350 Pfizer doses.

Alberta

Alberta is in the first stage of getting their population vaccinated, what the province refers to as Phase 1A, which is expected to run until the end of Feb. 2021. This phase will see health-care workers directly in contact with patients receiving doses of the vaccine. All residents of long-term care are also eligible for the vaccine during this period, regardless of age.

The next group in line will focus on people age 75 or older, and Indigenous populations over 65 years who are living on a reservation. This phase is expected to begin in February.

Alberta is expected to receive 14,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 54,990 doses of the Pfizer vaccine between Feb. 22 and 28.

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan remains in the first stages of their vaccine rollout program, targeting long-term care residents and staff, health-care workers who may come into direct contact with COVID-19 patients, residents age 70 and older, and residents over the age of 50 who live in remote areas.

The province expects to begin vaccinating the general population by April 2021.

Between Feb. 22 and 28, Saskatchewan is expected to receive 4,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 15,210 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Manitoba

Manitoba remains in the first stages of their vaccine rollout schedule. Those currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines are health-care workers in critical care settings, acute care and long-term care homes, laboratory staff handling COVID-19 specimens, and workers in correctional facilities.

The next group eligible for the vaccine includes health-care workers not included in the first phase, residents and staff of shared living facilities and essential workers.

Manitoba is expected to receive 6,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 17,550 doses of the Pfizer vaccine between Feb. 22 and 28.

Ontario

Ontario is in the first phase of its vaccine rollout plan which is expected to end in March 2021. The Ontarians eligible in this phase are residents and staff of long-term care facilities for seniors, health-care workers employed at hospitals, Indigenous adults and adults receiving home health care for chronic conditions.

The second phase of Ontario’s rollout will target a broader group of seniors, beginning with those 80 and older, people in high-risk congregate settings such as homeless shelters, essential workers including teachers and first responders, and those with chronic health conditions.

Between Feb. 22 and 28, Ontario is set to receive 47,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 186,030 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Quebec

Quebec is currently vaccinating their most vulnerable population and those who are in direct contact with them.Those eligible for the vaccine are those living in long-term care facilities, health-care workers, and remote communities.

As vaccine supplies and deliveries increase, the province will expand its vaccination program to target younger populations aged 70 and up, and those with chronic health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Quebec will receive 28,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 107,640 doses of the Pfizer vaccine betweenFeb. 22 and 28.

P.E.I.

Prince Edward Island is in the first stage of its vaccine rollout schedule, targeting those most vulnerable to contracting COVID-19.

Those eligible to get their shots include residents and staff of long-term care homes, health-care workers who are in direct contact with patients, seniors over the age of 80, anyone over the age of 18 living in Indigenous communities, and residents and staff of shared living facilities.

This phase will last through to the end of March 2021.

The next group of residents eligible for the vaccine include health-care workers who were not included in the first stage, seniors aged 70 and older and essential workers.

For Feb. 22 to 28 PEI will receive 500 Moderna doses and 1,170 Pfizer doses.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick continues the first stage of their vaccine rollout plan to inoculate those at high risk of getting COVID-19.

New Brunswickers eligible for the vaccine are those living and working in long-term care facilities, health-care workers who are in direct contact with patients, and adults living in First Nations communities.

The next group able to roll up their sleeves are those who live and work in communal living settings, health-care workers not included in the first stage and first responders.

New Brunswick is expected to receive 2,400 Moderna doses and 9,360 Pfizer doses between Feb. 22 and 28.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador continues the first stage of their vaccine plan, working to inoculate the most vulnerable and at risk individuals.

Those eligible for vaccination in the province include people living in long-term care facilities for seniors, health-care workers in direct contact with patients on those involved in the COVID-19 response, and adults in remote or isolated Indigenous communities.

The province will begin vaccinating a wider population when the majority of the first group have received their doses.This will include health-care workers who were not included in the first phase, people living in congregate settings and essential workers.

Newfoundland and Labrador are expected to receive 1,800 Moderna doses and 7,020 Pfizer doses between Feb. 22 and 28.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia continues with the first phase of the vaccine rollout plan, targeting high-risk populations in the province.

Nova Scotians eligible for the vaccine are health-care workers who have direct contact with patients, staff and residents of long-term care facilities and staff and residents of the Department of Community Services facilities.

The next round of eligible residents include health-care workers who may have contact with patients, residents and staff of communal living settings, and those who are required to travel out of province regularly for work. Phase 2 will also include people aged 80 and older, as well as those between the ages of 75 and 79, according to the government website.

Nova Scotia will receive 3,000 Moderna doses and 11,700 Pfizer doses between Feb. 22 and 28.

Nunavut

Nunavut is expecting to have enough doses by March 2021 to vaccinate 75 per cent of its population over the age of 18.

The territory is expected to receive 11,000 Moderna doses between Feb. 22 and 28.

Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories continue in the first phase of vaccine rollout targeting priority populations.

Residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are those of an advanced age, members with existing chronic conditions, are at high-risk of spreading the virus, and those living in remote communities.

The territory will receive 16,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine between Feb. 22 and 28.

Yukon

Yukon continues to vaccinate the most vulnerable and high-risk populations in the territory. Those who live in long-term care settings and frontlinehealth-care workers are able to receive the vaccine.

Into March, all eligible people aged 18 and up in Whitehorse are able to get the vaccine. The territory plans to have enough doses to vaccinate 75 per cent of residents over 18 years of age by the end of March.

Yukon is expected to receive 16,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine between Feb. 22 and 28. 

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Canada receives largest COVID-19 vaccine shipment to date | News – Daily Hive

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Canada has received its largest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses to date as February draws to a close.

At a press briefing on February 25, Major-General Dany Fortin said that 643,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines have been distributed across the country this week alone.

Fortin said that a total of 440,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine would be delivered each week in March, which will round out the company’s first-quarter commitment of 4 million doses.

Moderna, which sends vaccines to Canada every three weeks, is expected to deliver 466,000 doses the week of March 8, and another 846,000 doses the week of March 22.

These next two deliveries will complete the company’s first-quarter commitment of 2 million doses.

“This is all good news for Canadians who are hoping to get vaccinated,” he said. “As we head into spring, we are collectively gearing up for what we call the ramp-up phase.”

Fortin revealed that Pfizer has begun to finalize weekly shipment numbers for the second quarter of the year.

The company is expected to send approximately 769,000 vaccine doses each week for the first two weeks of April.

While numbers for subsequent weeks are still being confirmed, Fortin said a total of 10.8 million Pfizer doses should arrive in Canada between April and June.

The country is still working with Moderna to finalize the company’s shipment dates and dosage numbers for the second quarter.

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said that 2.9% of the country has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 1.1% have been given two doses.

“We are on track to have [a] significant increase into the spring, and again into the summer,” Fortin said.

“The projection is that we have seen 88 million vaccines, of both approved products, in-country by September.

To date, 1,682,106 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

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'Good to go': Canadian pharmacies ready for next phase of vaccine rollout – CTV News

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OTTAWA —
Canada’s pharmacies say they’re primed and ready to start administering COVID-19 vaccines at their facilities across the country, as government officials prepare for the next phase of vaccine rollout.

Shoppers Drug Mart President Jeff Leger says he’s informed all levels of government that once given the green light, the company’s more than 1,300 locations and an additional 500 Loblaw pharmacies, would need just 48 to 72 hours to get their sites prepped for mass inoculations.

“Our stores have already been thinking about it, we’ve got the processes in place. We can move very quickly and we can move large volumes of people through our network,” Leger said in a phone interview with CTVNews.ca on Tuesday.

He said a smooth rollout is contingent on provinces using a framework similar to that used during flu season.

“As long as we’re adhering to the same principles that we’ve done for flu vaccination…we’re good to go,” said Leger. “At the height of flu season we did as many as half a million in one week, we think we could do much more than that – really the constraint was supply.”

He added that this network of pharmacies can manage the finicky ultra-cold storage requirements of the Pfizer vaccine. Leger says he’s also confident the company’s large roster of pharmacists will be able to draw the now-approved sixth dose from vaccine vials using low dead space syringes – though he said they’re still waiting on the shipments of those syringes from provincial governments.

“The supply of those syringes, our understanding [is that] they’ll be coming from the federal supplies and provincial supplies so as long as the supply of those low dead space syringes hold up then there shouldn’t be a problem for that,” he said.

This comes as Health Canada announced its highly-anticipated approval of AstraZeneca’s vaccine candidate on Friday, now the third vaccine given a formal stamp of approval in Canada. The federal government has secured 20 million doses of this vaccine, set to arrive between April and September, plus an additional 1.9 million doses before the end of June from the global vaccine sharing network COVAX.

The federal government also maintains the country is still on track to meet is six million dose target of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

While the details of how and when pharmacies will be incorporated into vaccine rollout plans differ by province, Joelle Walker, vice-president of public affairs at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, said all have signaled use of the facilities at some point to reach the broader public.

“Pharmacies are very conveniently located. Most Canadians live within five kilometres of a pharmacy which makes them very accessible to people who can’t travel to major centres to get vaccinated,” she said during a phone interview with CTVNews.ca on Friday. “Most Canadians see their pharmacists more than any other provider and so it just makes them an obvious choice.”

Some provinces, including Alberta, have already laid out plans detailing how pharmacies will assist in administering vaccines. Forty-one Shoppers Drug Mart stores and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer will be offering in-store shots to Albertans 75 and older as early as next week.

“This is a step that just makes sense. As anyone who has gotten a flu shot knows, pharmacists have a lot of experience in delivering vaccines. They have played an important role in our seasonal flu program for many, many years and they have the skills, they have the experience and they have the infrastructure in place to be an important part of our immunization program,” said Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro on Wednesday.

Many other provinces list pharmacies as designated vaccination sites in phase two, which for most is expected to begin in April.

Walker said she’s encouraged the federal government to work more closely with provinces to establish some level of national consistency on pharmacy involvement.

“It [would] make it easier for pharmacists to communicate that information to patients. Many people are saying ‘oh you know, in Alberta it’s over 75’ and not necessarily knowing that will be different in other provinces,” said Walker.

“That kind of consistency of information would really help bring that confidence to Canadians that there’s a process in place.”

As for tracking the second dose of any of the three approved vaccines, Walker said pharmacies are particularly well-equipped with this function as they remind Canadians daily to refill their prescriptions.

“The refill system in pharmacies is designed to do exactly that, to make sure their patients come back when they’re supposed to to pick up their refills.”

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Canadian firm develops biodegradable mask that's ready for production – CTV News

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TORONTO —
A private non-profit Canadian organization and its partners have created an eco-friendly biodegradable mask that is ready for manufacturing and public use, an innovation it says is the first of its kind in the world.

FPInnovations, a research and development centre that supports the Canadian forestry sector, said in a press release on Friday that the masks, which took only a few months to develop from research to market, are fully biodegradable, from the mask filtering materials, to the elastic ear loops and nose pieces.

“The development of a biodegradable mask clearly shows that stimulating the bioeconomy can contribute to a cleaner environment in Canada,” Stephane Renou, president and chief executive of FPInnovations said in a statement.

The project was highlighted by both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan.

“We need to keep wearing our masks to keep each other safe. And now you can wear one without worrying about damaging the environment … This is Team Canada at its best,” O’Regan said in a video posted on Twitter.

A key element that makes this mask appealing is that its components can be easily assembled and produced on existing commercial mask-converting machines, the group behind the $3.3 million project said.

Third party labs have assessed the masks, it added, saying it “would set the standard” for non-medical grade masks for its filtration capabilities, breathability and biodegradability.

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