Statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada Announcing the New Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization

Statement

June 7, 2021 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has played a critical role in delivering timely advice to support the provinces and territories as they rollout COVID-19 vaccination programs in their jurisdictions. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response, the work of NACI has accelerated to keep pace with evolving science.

On June 9, 2021, the four-year term of the current NACI Chair, Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, will be completed. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) gratefully recognizes Dr. Quach-Thanh for her outstanding contribution over the past 12 years as a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the advisory committee, including her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the completion of Dr. Quach-Thanh's term, the current Vice-Chair, Dr. Shelley Deeks will be appointed to the position of Chair, effective June 10, 2021. Dr. Deeks has shown dedication and commitment on NACI since June 2014 in her roles as Vice-Chair, voting member and working group Chair. The work of the committee will greatly benefit from her expertise in public health, preventative medicine, and immunization.

Dr. Robyn Harrison will be appointed to the position of Vice-Chair. Dr. Harrison is a Canadian Infectious Disease physician who specializes in immunization, infection prevention and control, and workplace health and safety. She has been an active participant on NACI since September 2017, including Chair of the Hepatitis and Influenza working groups.

For more information on NACI and its role in Canada, please visit Canada.ca/NACI.

Contacts

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
613-957-2983
hc.media.sc@canada.ca

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