Sample presentation: Engagement session on COVID-19 vaccines and public health measures

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The following document integrates credible information from the Government of Canada that you can present at your virtual engagement session.

By presenting this information, you’re helping people within your community make an informed decision about COVID-19 vaccination and public health measures.

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Canada’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan: Saving Lives and Livelihoods

The goal of Canada's COVID-19 immunization response is to enable as many people as possible to be immunized as quickly as possible against COVID-19, while ensuring that high-risk populations are prioritized. While the immunization response is large and multifaceted, Canada is in a strong position to take on this challenge.

Canada's immunization response involves collaboration between the Government of Canada, provinces, territories, First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders, municipal governments, public health and logistical experts, manufacturers, and everyone in Canada.

This plan outlines Canada's approach to widespread immunization against COVID-19.

Vaccine development and approval in Canada

Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

All vaccines go through 3 basic stages of development: the exploratory stage, the pre-clinical stage, and the clinical stage.

Manufacturers then submit their application to Health Canada for review.

Health Canada's independent drug authorization process is recognized around the world for its high standards and rigorous review. Decisions are based only on scientific and medical evidence showing that vaccines are safe and effective.

Guidance on the prioritization of key populations for COVID-19 immunization

The goal of Canada's pandemic response is to minimize serious illness and death while minimizing societal disruption as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help achieve this goal. Initial supplies of authorized COVID-19 vaccines are not expected to be sufficient to offer vaccination to everyone in Canada for whom they are authorized for use until the fall of 2021. Therefore, recommendations to prioritize key populations for early immunization are needed in order to meet the pandemic response goal as equitably, ethically and efficiently as possible.

To date, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has developed evidence-informed guidance related to the prioritization of key populations in the context of limited vaccine supply to inform the planning of provincial and territorial publicly funded COVID-19 immunization programs.

COVID-19: Digital tools and apps for staying healthy

To help Canadians in this unprecedented time, we have put in place a suite of digital tools to provide you with information and resources. Help limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect yourself and your community.

Additional information

Call to action: Be an ambassador for COVID-19 vaccination

Inform others

Help us share credible COVID-19 information on vaccines and public health with your communities (bilingual toolkit).

Champion healthy practices and vaccinations

As vaccination rolls out, lead by example by continuing to follow good public health practices to protect against COVID-19 and encourage your community members to do the same. Once it’s your turn, share your vaccination story using the hashtags: #MyWhy and #COVIDVaccine.

Think local

Your local public health authority determines appropriate measures within your community so “think local” and follow local public health advice.

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