Statement from the Minister of Health on National Immunization Awareness Week 2021


April 26, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu issued the following statement:

“This year‘s National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW) comes at a significant moment, during the largest vaccination rollout in Canadian history. The past months have shown us the importance of vaccination – not just for preventing illness and disease, but in allowing Canadians to be closer to the people we love and things we enjoy.

This week, let’s remember why we get vaccinated. When each of us gets vaccinated, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are protecting ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. I encourage you to talk to your family and friends about #MyWhy – your reason for why it is important to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to stay up-to-date with other routine vaccinations.

As we reflect on 2021’s NIAW and the work it took to get here, I extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to the healthcare workers, public health professionals, and scientific researchers across Canada, who have led us through these challenges. We are grateful for your service.

Together, we can protect our families and our communities. When your turn comes, make sure to get vaccinated. When you do, check out our social media resources and tell us your reasons – your #MyWhy – for getting vaccinated. 

I invite you to visit for more information and vaccination awareness materials.”

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.


Cole Davidson
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu
Minister of Health

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada

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