COVID-19 vaccine rollout has led to a drop in the number of infections among people over 80, Canada’s chief public health officer said on Sunday as several provinces prepared to further expand their deployment vaccination.
Dr. Theresa Tam said on Twitter that the reduction in cases among the elderly, as well as the decrease in outbreaks in long-term care facilities, “reassures us that vaccines will bring more (and) more benefit in the future. weeks to come.
1/2 # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE Main concerns in ????????: With the expansion of immunization programs, infection rates are dropping in adults over 80 and fewer epidemics in long-term care reassure us that fact that vaccines will bring more and more benefits in the coming weeks. https://t.co/6ijCCnrMeG
– Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) 21 mars 2021
His statement came as several provinces prepared to expand their vaccination campaigns in the coming days.
Ontario is lowering the age of vaccine eligibility for the general population from 80 to 75 on Monday, while New Brunswick is stepping up a vaccination program for high school teachers.
4,500 high school staff across the province are expected to receive a first dose at a clinic in one of 16 locations, the New Brunswick government said.
Quebec, meanwhile, is expected to start giving vaccines to people 65 and over in pharmacies in the Montreal area on Monday, a week after the provincial reservation system opens for reservations.
Despite the positive vaccine news, Tam issued a note of caution regarding the number of cases, which is back on the rise after declining earlier this year.
She said infection rates are highest among people aged 20 to 39, who are less likely to get seriously ill but who can spread the virus, including the more transmissible variants, which are growing in popularity. Across the country.
“The circulation of COVID-19 among younger, more mobile and socially connected adults poses a continuing risk of spreading in high-risk populations and environments,” she said in a statement.
“The emergence and spread of certain variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus accentuate this concern.”
The highest number of cases on Sunday was in Ontario, which reported 1,791 new COVID-19 infections and 18 additional virus-related deaths.
In Quebec, the Minister of Health Christian Dube spoke of the prospect of a future third wave of infections, while praising the “encouraging” figures of the province – including 648 cases on Sunday – and the acceleration of the pace of delivery of vaccines.
“This is definitely not the time to relax our efforts,” Dube wrote on Twitter.
“We must do everything to avoid a third wave.”
Saskatchewan suffered a setback in its vaccine delivery plans on Sunday, as health officials announced the province would receive 5,850 fewer doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine due to a damaged thermal shipper.
The province has reported 178 new cases of COVID-19, largely due to 105 new cases in the Regina area where variants of the virus have spread.
Manitoba, meanwhile, has had 90 new cases and seven deaths, while Alberta has recorded 555 new cases of the virus and two deaths.
Things seemed clearer further east, with New Brunswick having recorded just one new case of the virus, and Newfoundland and Labrador reporting none.
Nova Scotia recorded six new diagnoses.