Since the pandemic began, Canada has imposed new travel restrictions every month, but this July could be different.
Before the border reopens, the federal government now says that 75% of Canadians must be completely vaccinated. According to the most recent official data, 31% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, and 76% have had at least one dose.
Anita Anand, Canada’s vaccine procurement minister, told CBC News that by the end of July, 80 percent of Canadians should be fully vaccinated.
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— Peter Mansbridge (@petermansbridge) June 15, 2021
According to the Toronto Star, Canada has a greater than 50% chance of meeting that goal in that time frame.
Officials will monitor additional factors in addition to vaccination coverage before deciding whether or not to reopen the border. Case counts, hospitalisation rates, local outbreaks, worrisome variations, and the coronavirus condition in other countries are among them.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted in late June that Canada might ease travel restrictions in the following weeks.
The current travel restrictions in Canada will expire on July 21. Although the government has the authority to extend the travel restrictions for another month, it does not appear that they will be as severe. That is, as long as the number of cases and hospitalizations decreases and the number of Canadians who have been vaccinated increases. The federal government is under pressure from both sides of the border to restore recreational travel. The tourism industry and border communities, whose economy have suffered as a result of the shutdown, are leading the charge.
On this issue, Trudeau’s government has made it plain that science takes precedence over popular opinion, even if their science appears to be at odds with those of other regions. Quebec, for example, does not advocate receiving a second coronavirus vaccine if they have already been afflicted. To be considered “fully vaccinated,” however, Canada requires two doses of an approved vaccine.
On the date the quarantine provisions were eased back for fully vaccinated travellers, the prime minister informed reporters that the federal government was not ready to make that distinction. Quebec Premier Fraçois Legault stated that it is unclear whether Quebecers who meet the province’s criteria of “completely vaccinated” will be exempt from quarantine.
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam shared Trudeau’s cautious optimism as the talks continue. She warned at a press conference on June 25 that opening too quickly could result in additional cases.
Tam told reporters, “Careful reopening is vital – that will help keep virus levels low.” “Summer is shaping up nicely.”