As Canada hits COVID-19 vaccine milestone, reducing barriers to access key: experts – GLOBAL

July 27, 2021

Canada hit a major new milestone in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout this week.

After a slow start to vaccination efforts at the beginning of the year and a rapid influx over recent months, the country officially has enough of the coveted vials to fully vaccinate every eligible Canadian.

That comes as public health officials have confirmed that only 0.5 per cent of current COVID-19 cases are in Canadians who have been fully vaccinated against the virus, and as a resurgence in cases among unvaccinated populations raises concerns about the possibility of a fourth wave this fall.

So why are there still vaccine holdouts?

Experts say it’s not as simple as assuming everyone not yet vaccinated is an anti-vaxxer and that while the logistics of getting vaccines into arms remains a job for the provinces and municipalities, there is a role for Ottawa in championing grassroots efforts to reach those who still have concerns.

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