Fully vaccinated against COVID-19? What the double-dosed can do

Public health agency releases guidelines

So, you are double-dosed against COVID-19 and not sure what that means in terms of continuing to follow pandemic protocols.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a chart that explains what people can do if they are fully or partially vaccinated.

The chart includes suggestions around gathering outdoors with family and friends, and what is allowed with fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated or non-vaccinated people.

Persons who are non or partially vaccinated can gather indoors with fully vaccinated individuals with measures in place.

“Consider removing your mask and being physically close to the fully vaccinated individuals if everyone is comfortable with that,” health officials say, adding that fully vaccinated people can safely interact indoors with others fully immunized against the virus.

As of Thursday, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 26 per cent of Canadians eligible for a vaccine against COVID-19 are fully vaccinated, with more than 76 per cent of people having received a single shot.

The Delta variant remains a wildcard in Canada’s progress against COVID-19. Federal COVID-19 modelling warns the Delta variant could make a possible fourth wave of the pandemic initially worse than thought.

Canada’s top doctor, Theresa Tam, says Delta could cause hospital capacity to be exceeded if it takes hold throughout the fall and winter.

Tam says getting second doses of vaccines into arms is crucial in ensuring that doesn’t happen.

“We have done work for a better summer and by staying vigilant to keep cases low, we can stay on track for a safer fall and winter,” Tam said.

Data currently shows the number of infections and hospitalizations continue to fall across the country, as more Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Summer is looking pretty good and what I am watching for, is what happens when each of the individual provinces reopens,” Tam added.

“That will tell us if we will get some resurgence.”

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