Health Canada Forecasts COVID-19 Situation For Spring, Summer and Fall

People lineup to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Grand Ravine Community Recreation Centre

People lineup to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Grand Ravine Community Recreation Centre

Canada's Chief Public Health Officer says this country will not be following the same guidelines as the U.S. Centre for Disease Control which has announced that Americans who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask.

"We're also beginning to see reductions in the number experiencing severe and critical illness with less than 4,000 people with COVID-19 people being treated in our hospitals each day", Tam said.

The tagline for Spring is "stay home, stay safe, get vaccinated".

The upbeat tone at the federal level was discordant with grim forecasts out of Manitoba, where a top health official predicted Friday that COVID-19 numbers would worsen for at least another week before dropping. Dr. Theresa Tam said that extra layer of protection will allow some of the more stringent social distancing measures to be relaxed - but Canadians must continue to avoid indoor gatherings altogether until more people are fully vaccinated. The case count is still too high and vaccination coverage too low to do away with public health measures right now, she said. Those shots likely will be earmarked for people who already have had a first dose of this product, Tam said.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Patty Hajdu says some public health restrictions can be loosened by summer, if 75 per cent of Canadians get their first dose of vaccine.

Nunavut's chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, said a recent gathering between multiple households resulted in several infections in children. "We are beginning to move to a framework of protecting foetuses through vaccination, rather than from vaccination", Miller said. Public health measures now restrict all indoor and outdoor gatherings.

"We have a very short summer and it seems it's getting shorter by the day", said Nunavut Health Minister Lorne Kusugak.

There were 26 more deaths from the virus, according to the province. The province said there were 530 hospitalizations, and 123 intensive care cases.

Saskatchewan has reported its first vaccine-related blood clot in a 60-year-old woman who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Yesterday, Yeo had called on the government to collect more data on Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancies, saying that the availability of such information deferred from one vaccine to another.

Covid-19 vaccination has been questioned for pregnant women with a fear that the vaccination may impact placenta, an essential organ when it comes to pregnancy.

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