Almost 90 per cent of Canadians willing to be vaccinated

  • Almost 90 per cent of Canadians willing to be vaccinated

Almost 90 per cent of Canadians willing to be vaccinated

Canada has pushed past the United Kingdom and Israel to have the world's highest proportion of the population partly vaccinated against COVID-19.

"There may have to be a transitional measure, for example if there's a phased adjustment for borders in July or maybe August". "We'll have more to say about those specific measures and the implementation details in the coming days".

The renewal date for the current border restrictions between the US and Canada is six days away, set to expire on June 21.

Canada took that title only recently, passing Israel in early June. Those allowed to enter face multiple COVID-19 test requirements and must quarantine for 14 days.

According to the premier, many details of the federal government's plan to reopen borders remain unclear, like if Canada will require proof of vaccination for worldwide travellers entering the country. Canadian companies, especially those that rely on airlines and tourism, are urging the Liberal government to relax.

LeBlanc says the government may provide Canadians who want to travel soon an interim document to verify vaccinations.

Dr. Tam also said Canada's vaccine rollout plan is bearing fruit and "now we're seeing the benefits of high [vaccine] coverage, including reduced illness and death among the most vulnerable populations".

"In a ideal world we would have been able to set dates with a long runway but, unfortunately, COVID hasn't given the world this opportunity", he said.

She added that getting COVID-19 rates down as low as possible by continuing to follow public health measures and increasing public health capacity to prevent spread "will create the environment for stronger and longer-lasting control of COVID-19".

Canada is set to reach part of the first target - 75 per cent of eligible people having their first dose - sometime in the next 24 hours, and 20 per cent with both doses likely by Sunday.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a session during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021.

Canada is also working with the provinces, the US, the European Union and other allies on development of a secure, reliable way to recognize proof of vaccination, LeBlanc said.