Coronavirus vaccines will be accessible to immigrants in Canada


Canada’s public health agency says that immigration status of a person will not reflect in the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines. It was told to CIC news by the Public Health Agency of Canada that the vaccines of Covid-19 will be readily available for everyone in Canada once they are approved, it won’t be a problem whether the person is a citizen or not.

So far Pfitzer-BioNTech vaccine is approved in Canada for people above 16. For people above 18 years of age, Moderna vaccine is approved. Vaccine for residents, staff to care homes, health care works, and adults over 70 is a priority.

If we have a look upon Canada’s government webpage, it also says that as more additional vaccines are available, more and more people will have access to the vaccine. These groups include health care workers, some essential workers, staff of shared living spaces and some residents. These groups were not included in the rollout which was made initially.

Around 935,700 doses were delivered to Canada till January 21, 2021. From these total vaccines, 729,640 vaccines were administered according to the vaccine tracker which is run by a student of University of Saskatchewan. This data is based upon the official updates being received from each province.

There were recommendations set out by National Advisory Committee on Immunization to help the Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to set distribution priorities of the vaccine. There are many factors which can put the immigrants at risk which is why they are included in the recommendations. Many migrants have different exposure to the virus sue to their occupations and due to international travelling. To curb this problem and to reduce inequity, NACI have suggested some interventions. These interventions include providing culturally appropriate materials of education in many languages, planning immunization programs and having translators to be available in vaccine clinics.

The provincial vaccines pages have the released information regarding the distribution plans of the provincial governments regarding the vaccine. The migrants living in the provinces of Manitoba and Quebec could receive the vaccination regardless of their living status.