As the weather begins to get colder and Canadians begin to look at sunny destinations to the south, Health Minister Patty Hajdu has a reminder: non-essential travel is still discouraged.
Hajdu said potential travelers should keep that in mind when considering visiting relatives or considering taking a beach vacation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to remind Canadians that as annoying as it is … we still have travel guides in place that recommend people not to travel unless absolutely necessary,” Hajdu said in an interview with Vestblokken hosted Mercedes Stephenson.
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There are “a few reasons” why the travel guide is still in place, Hajdu added, including the fact that there are “a number of places in the world” where “COVID is still very, very out of control” – including some American states.
Hajdu also pointed out that travel rules can change in different jurisdictions “very quickly.”
“We have seen a number of stories over the last 18 months or so where Canadians found out when they arrived in another country that the rules have changed and that they now have obstacles to return to Canada. or challenges to get into the country where they just arrived, ”she said.
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Her comments come on the heels of news that the fourth wave in Canada is beginning to show signs of slowing down, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Although progress has been uneven across the country, new modeling from PHAC on Friday suggests that if current transmission levels are maintained, the number of new daily cases could fall in the coming weeks.
Overall, the numbers give “reason for optimism”, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Head of Public Health of Canada.
“With the level of vaccine coverage we have achieved so far in Canada, we are much better protected as we enter the respiratory infection season,” Tam said.
“By maintaining basic and less restrictive measures such as masking and limiting close contact, we can reduce the impact of COVID-19 this winter.”
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Meanwhile, the government has prepared for a time when the spread of COVID-19 is slowing down enough for Canadians to travel recreationally again.
Hajdu said the government is working with other countries to try to ensure that when Canadians travel, their vaccines are accepted — even in cases where a person received two different forms of COVID-19 vaccine.
“This is something that I believe all countries are working through – what vaccines will they accept as proof of vaccination for entry into the country – and we will continue to work with our US colleagues to share all the data they must to move forward with this issue, ”she said.
The Americans have not yet made a decision on whether to consider Canadians who received two different doses of COVID-19 vaccine as fully vaccinated.
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Hajdu would not reveal whether the U.S. administration appears to be recognizing the mix of COVID-19 vaccine dose, but said Canadian officials “obviously will continue to pressure the Americans to recognize” it.
“I suspect that this will continue to be an ongoing work for countries, including the United States, including Canada, on how to ensure that we have confidence in vaccines that we have not had the opportunity to fully review from the scientific database.” she said.
“That is the work we will continue to do here in Canada, and I am convinced that our international partners will do the same.”
– with files from Global News’ Leslie Young
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