The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: What You Need To Know

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Help is on the way to deliver a crushing blow to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it comes in the form of not one, but three separately developed vaccines that are about to touch down across the world. Canada is on board to receive its first doses of the vaccine, and it will mark the first stage of a movement to get the public back to normalcy once again.

Here’s what Canadians need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine program, and how it will affect them. It’s important to remember not to fall victim to conspiracy theories about microchips and 5G mind control, as well as the speed at which the vaccines were developed. This guide will help shine some light on what to expect as we move forward.

 

JANUARY 2021 IS THE ROLLOUT DATE

After a much-maligned response to the vaccine rollout directed against the Liberal government, it seems things are finally on track as Canada makes final preparations. January of 2021 is when the first vaccines are expected to start rolling out, barring any unforeseen (though unlikely) complications.

If all goes according to plan, the first few million doses of the vaccine will phase into the population over the next few months. This is good news, considering that Canada is a country with a population of approximately 38 million people. The objective will be to utilize vaccines in tandem with social distancing and other precautionary measures in order to drive down case numbers.

 

WE ARE BUYING FOREIGN

It’s very important to note that Canada has no domestic production facilities for the creation of vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca. These companies are based in the United States, and they will begin prioritizing the distribution of the vaccine to take care of erupting case numbers stacked on top of an already-high death count since the pandemic began in late February.

Though this may seem unfair, it is logical. The United States has close to 16 million confirmed cases and is fast approaching 300,000 deaths, whereas Canada has a grand total of 435,000 cases and just short of 13,000 deaths. Production of the Pfizer vaccine was done in tandem with Operation Warpspeed under the Trump administration which included $2 billion dollars in pre-sales, which in turn acted as capital for the production of the vaccine. Rest assured, Canada’s vaccines are coming, but it may take longer as harder-hit countries like the States are able to inoculate their populations.

 

MULTIPLE SHOTS ARE NEEDED

The Covid-19 vaccine will typically be done in a multi-stage rollout. The first injection will act as a base, after which a second dose (and possibly a third booster) will be administered. This is due to the inherent methods by which the vaccines were created, which are slightly different than traditional versions. This is not uncommon, with diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis, meningitis and measles (to name a few) requiring the implementation of boosters.

 

A STAGED ROLLOUT

At this time, many health experts are (rightfully) eyeing a staged rollout procedure by which Covid-19 vaccines will be administered to the most vulnerable groups first, then trickled down to the rest of the population. This makes perfect sense given the varying mortality rates among particular age groups.

Those 70 and over are most vulnerable with roughly a 5.5% chance of dying from Covid-19 upon contraction. Those immediately under the 70-and-over demographic see that mortality rate plunge to around 2.5% to 1% depending on age. Children are still incredibly resilient to the pandemic and are not considered an at-risk group, with approximately 100 children out of an estimated 1,000,000 having died from the disease in the United States since the pandemic first began. Health workers and other front-line personnel will also be given vaccinations in order to defend them against infection in hospitals. This is important to keep the healthcare system up and running as case numbers climb.

 

AN END IN SIGHT

Though the Canadian deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine is undoubtedly going to frustrate many people, it is a beacon of hope that we’ll return to normalcy in relatively short order. The production of the vaccines has been extraordinary, and a testament to human ingenuity. There are no plans for mandatory vaccinations (nor should there be), but it is highly recommended that Canadians avoid bad science and do proper research into how these vaccines were produced, in order to better understand why they have such an amazingly high effectiveness rate. When the time comes, be sure to guard yourself, and your loved ones.

 

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