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A brighter summer with more vaccinations

     Theresa Tam
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, speaking at a 2019 World Health Assembly event in Geneva. (The Canadian Encyclopedia)

As Manitoba endures some of its highest daily COVID-19 case numbers of the pandemic – 587 cases on May 12 – a surge in vaccinations raises hope for some relief this summer.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, announced on May 14 that Canadians who have been vaccinated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine can socialize with close family and friends outdoors over the summer months. However, that will depend on at least 75 per cent of all adults having had one vaccine dose and 20 per cent being fully vaccinated.

As of May 14, only 50 per cent of Canadian adults have had one shot and only 3.6 per cent are fully vaccinated. Virtually all Canadians will have access to their first vaccine dose by June. Manitoba has now extended vaccine eligibility to children as young as 12 years old with the Pfizer vaccine.