New Investments to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Production

Lisa C. COVID-19, Updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that the Canadian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Novavax to pursue the production of its COVID-19 vaccine at the National Research Council of Canada’s Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Montréal. The Prime Minister also announced investments to support vaccine, therapeutic, and biomanufacturing projects in Canada: Up to $25.1 million to Precision …

Alberta Frontliners Getting Vaccinated

Lisa C. COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

From January to April 2021, Albertans who are most at risk will receive COVID-19 vaccines first, including front-line health care workers. Front-line health care workers are the bravest. Their strength and commitment deserve our applause, thanks and respect. Let’s hear what they say about getting vaccinated! “It is a privilege to be receiving the COVID vaccine,…” — Brittany Cook, a …

Health Canada Approves of Moderna Vaccine

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information

On December 23, 2020, Health Canada authorized the second COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, manufactured by Moderna. The Moderna vaccine meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements. The Moderna vaccine has different storage and handling requirements, meaning it can be distributed to isolated and remote communities. The vaccine is to be used by people 18 years of age or …

Government of Canada warns of Counterfeit Vaccines

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Fun Facts, Newcomer Information

Government of Canada is warning Canadians to not to buy COVID-19 vaccines sold on the internet or from unauthorized sources because they are counterfeit. Counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines can cause serious health risks, and are ineffective at protecting an individual from the COVID-19 virus. Legitimate COVID-19 vaccines will only be provided through clinics organized or endorsed by your local public health …

1st Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine Arrived / Les premiers vaccins contre la COVID-19 sont arrivés

Lisa C. COVID-19, Updates

Un message en français suivra. / A French message will follow. The first batch of about 30,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Quebec last night on December 13, 2020. The vaccines are very heat-sensitive and must be stored at temperatures between -80 °C and -60 °C. “This is good news. But our fight against COVID-19 is not …

Canada to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information, Updates

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available in Canada in December. The initial doses of vaccines (around 249,000 doses) are prioritized for long term care home residents and the staffers working there. The vaccine requires two doses, in which they will be administered weeks apart. Provinces who will first receive the doses will be Alberta, …

Flu Shots for Children under 5

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Daily Life, Newcomer Information

Alberta Health Service’s (AHS) Alberta Influenza Immunization program for 2020-2021 will begin October 19, 2020. All Albertans, six months of age and older, are eligible to be immunized, free of charge through their local pharmacists and physicians or through AHS themselves. This year will be different as they will offer the immunization to different age groups and demographics. Starting on …

New COVID-19 Vaccine Deal with AstraZeneca

Lisa C. Accessibility, COVID-19, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recently announced an agreement with AstraZeneca to procure up to 20 million doses of its COVID‑19 vaccine candidate. This agreement adds to those already reached with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline, Novavax, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna, which were made following the recommendations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. With these agreements in place, the …