Celebrating World Immunization Week this year is especially important as COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the importance of vaccines. Vaccination saves millions of lives every year from more than 20 life-threatening diseases diseases such as Cervical Cancer, Measles, Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia, Polio, etc. Thanks to vaccines, we have now found a way to protect ourselves and those around us from COVID-19 outbreak as well.
The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak
Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the virus has affected more than 1 million lives in Canada. However, the impact of COVID-19 has affected all of us. Whether it is our economy, our ability to work and see others with limitations, our government’s implementation of strict restrictions, and our healthcare system stretching to its limits. Fortunately, the rollout of vaccines has given us hope of returning to our ‘normal’ lives without 6-feet distances and masks.
Importance of getting vaccinated
With the efficacy of the available vaccines being up to 95% means that vaccinated individuals have a 95% lower risk of COVID-19 when compared to the non-vaccinated individuals. Additionally, WHO has stated that the current vaccinations provide at least some protection against new variants as well.
More data is being collected to provide further information about protection against the various strains. What is clear is that it is crucial to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity to prevent the virus from mutation and resistance to current vaccines.
Raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated can bring us closer to a healthier future.
How, when and where to get vaccinated
The vaccines are being rolled out based on priority populations in Canada. For more information, please refer to your home province or territory’s distribution plan (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines/how-vaccinated.html)
Vaccines are being administered in phases across Canada’s provinces. Please refer to the phase and eligibility criteria for your province to pre-register/register for your vaccine.
Immunize today for a healthier tomorrow. For more information about COVID-19, please visit:
Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/vaccines.html?utm_campaign=hc-sc-covidvaccine-21-22&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=ggl-grant&utm_content=ad-text-en&utm_term=vaccine%20for%20covid%2019&adv=2122-81054&id_campaign=12759231102&id_source=121744957660&id_content=514755060687&gclid=CPrxzIeUkPACFWOyxQIdrGoISg&gclsrc=ds