Fully vaccinated Canadians to avoid quarantine on return
Canadians who are fully vaccinated will be able to avoid quarantine when they return to the country in the first phase of easing travel restrictions.
The Health Minister, Patty Hajdu, announced that fully vaccinated citizens who tested negative for coronavirus will soon be exempt from two weeks of quarantine when returning to the country.
She said that she expects this to happen early in July.
The Canadian government expects there to be enough vaccines delivered for around 80 per cent of eligible residents to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.
The border between Canada and the US remains closed to all non-essential travel.
The restrictions on travel were introduced in March 2020 and have been extended every month since.
There have been growing calls in the US to open up the Canadian border for non-essential travel like tourism - but only 10 per cent of Candians are fully vaccinated.
Canada will get its first shipment of Moderna vaccines from the US next week and around 7 million doses this month.
Around 70 per cent of eligible Canadians have had at least one dose of the vaccine and second doses are currently ramping up this month.
Currently, air travellers are required to spend three days in quarantine at a hotel at their expense on arrival into the country.
They are then expected to complete their two week period of self-isolation.
Travellers will still be required to take a test before arriving and also on arrival. They must remain in isolation until the second test comes back negative.
Patty Hajdu said: “As the prime minister has said we will take a phased approach towards adjusting current border measures with the health and safety of Canadians being our first priority.”
Ontario was given permission from Health Canada to entext the expiry date on some doses of the vaccine.
This effort will save thousands of jabs going to waste as they were due to expire on May 31 but have been extended to July 1.
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