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Canadian health officials say restrictions could be lifted when 75% are fully vaccinated | FULL

CA, 15 May 2021
In the first official glimpse of what life in Canada could be like in the months to come, the Public Health Agency of Canada released potential scenarios for the spring, summer and fall.

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu called it a “roadmap” that will help provinces and territories decide next steps as the national vaccination campaign continues to ramp up.

"One dose of a two dose vaccine is not enough to maximize protection we need to aim for at least 75 per cent of everyone who is eligible for vaccination getting fully vaccinated. And we can't go half way. So it is very important to get that second dose," said Canada's chief medical officer of health Dr. Theresa Tam on Friday. "Four weeks ago less than 25 per cent of adults had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and now we're just over 50 per cent,” Tam added.

In addition to requiring 75 per cent of the population to be fully vaccinated, another 20 per cent would need to have at least one dose.

Should that threshold be met, things like camping and dining on patios could return and be safely maintained. The emphasis, though, is on outdoor activities. Even if Canada reaches that vaccination goal, mask-wearing and physical distancing will still be around.

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