COVID-19: Vaccine Tracker

On December 9, 2020, just nine months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, Health Canada authorized the first COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada. This milestone, which may soon be followed by other vaccine approvals, is a crucial step towards a distribution campaign that will reach from coast to coast to coast.

Vaccine mobilization will involve a significant number of stakeholders and all levels of government. McCarthy Tétrault is closely monitoring the development of COVID-19 vaccines and their rollout across the country and the world in real time, and we will update this tracker as events unfold. If you require any assistance, please reach out to Awanish Sinha, Matthew Kelleher, or Kate McNeill-Keller.

This roundup was last updated on January 20, 2020.

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International

  • January 20, 2021: India began exporting Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to neighbouring and key partner countries. The shipments will be among the first in the world directed to mid-income and lower-income countries (link).

  • January 19, 2021: Russia’s consumer health watchdog reported that a candidate COVID-19 vaccine known as “EpiVacCorona” proved 100% effective in early-stage trials (link).

  • January 13, 2021: The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac was found to be 50.4% effective, much lower than the 78% effectiveness previously announced (link).

  • January 11, 2021: Pfizer plans to produce 2 billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine this year, a 50% increase from the previous expected output (link).

  • January 8, 2021: The United Kingdom approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • January 8, 2021: World Health Organization experts issued recommendations that the first and second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be administered up to six weeks apart (link).

  • January 8, 2021: A Pfizer study suggests that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works against the new COVID-19 variants found in the United Kingdom and in South Africa (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The European Union authorized the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the second vaccine to be approved. Member states of the European Union lag considerably behind other countries in vaccination efforts (link).

  • January 5, 2021: Moderna and Pfizer scientists say there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines currently being deployed will not protect against the new COVID-19 variant (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The United Kingdom began administering the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 31, 2020: Chinese health regulators gave conditional approval for the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 30, 2020: The United Kingdom approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine requires two doses and can be stored and transported under normal refrigeration (link).

  • December 29, 2020: An affiliate of China’s state-owned drug maker Sinopharm requested regulatory approval in China for a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine showed 79% efficacy and would be China’s first approved vaccine for general public use (link).

  • December 28, 2020: Novavax has begun a large late-stage study of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in the United States (link).

  • December 27, 2020: The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be approved by U.K. authorities within the week and is believed to be effective against a new variant of COVID-19 that was first found in Britain (link).

  • December 22, 2020: Pfizer and Moderna both announced that they are testing their vaccines against the mutated version of the virus found in the United Kingdom. Moderna expects its vaccine to be protective against the new variant (link).

  • December 21, 2020: The European Medicines Agency has authorized Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the European Union. Distribution in some EU states could begin as early as Sunday (link).

  • December 20, 2020: The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend to the U.S. Centre for Disease Control that adults aged 75 and older and frontline essential workers be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines (link).

  • December 20, 2020: Distribution of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to vaccination sites began in the U.S. (link).

  • December 18, 2020: COVAX, a World Health Organization-affiliated organization aimed at ensuring rapid and income-equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, announced that it has made arrangements to provide at least 1.3 billion donor-funded doses to 92 economically eligible countries by the end of 2021 (link).

  • December 17, 2020: The Chief of the European Commission announced that vaccinations will start across European Union states on December 27, 28, and 29 (link).

  • December 15, 2020: The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is set for regulatory approval in the U.S., as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not raise any major concerns about the vaccine in newly released documents (link).

  • December 13, 2020: Pfizer began distributing doses to vaccination sites in the United States (link).

  • December 11, 2020: Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said that their potential COVID-19 vaccine would undergo further study in February 2021 after trials showed an insufficient immune response in adults over 50. This will delay the vaccine’s potential launch until the end of 2021 (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom advised that people with a history of significant allergic reactions should not receive the Pfizer vaccine after two NHS workers had allergic reactions on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Several thousand vaccines have been administered since the rollout began. Both individuals are recovering (link).

  • December 8, 2020: The United Kingdom began the rollout of the Pfizer vaccine to the public, launching the global COVID-19 immunization effort (link).

Canada (Federal)

  • January 19, 2021: Canada will receive 82% of the COVID-19 vaccine doses it initially expected from Pfizer during the week of January 18, 2021 and will receive no deliveries of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the week of January 25, 2021 (link).
  • January 15, 2021: Pfizer will temporarily reduce shipments of its COVID-19 vaccine to Canada as it is pausing some of its production lines in order to expand long-term manufacturing capacity. The company believes it will be able to catch up on the missed shipments by the end of March (link).

  • January 14, 2021: Canada is expected to receive up to one million doses a week of COVID-19 vaccines starting in April (link).

  • January 13, 2021: The National Advisory Committee on Immunizations stated that every effort should be made to follow the 21-day and 28-day dosing schedules recommended for the COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada, but that the second dose can be delayed briefly in order to distribute vaccines in an efficient manner (link).

  • January 12, 2021: Canada secured another 20 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • January 12, 2021: Several teams of Canadian researchers across the country are building infrastructure for facilities to make COVID-19 vaccines with the help of new federal funding (link).

  • January 11, 2021:Canada opted not to exercise an option to buy up to 16 million additional doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as the doses would not arrive until late 2021 (link).

  • January 10, 2021: The Procurement Minister’s office said the federal government chose not to exercise its option to buy up to 16 million more doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government had an option to receive up to 56 million doses total, and has already ordered 40 million doses (link).

  • January 10, 2021: The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a statement on mRNA vaccines and how they operate (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Correctional Services Canada announced the start of vaccinations of older vulnerable federal inmates as part of the vaccine rollout recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be used for these vaccinations (link).

  • January 5, 2021: Prime Minister Trudeau said he is frustrated by the provinces’ slow pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Canada has received more than 424,050 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but only 35% of these doses have been administered. Alberta, British Columbia, and PEI have administered the most doses on a per capita basis, while Manitoba has administered the fewest. Canada has been outpaced in its vaccination effort by the United States, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Israel, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates among others (link).

  • December 30, 2020: Health Canada issued a statement acknowledging that the United Kingdom authorized the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, but that Canada’s review process is ongoing. Health Canada requires further information and data from AstraZeneca before it can authorize the vaccine (link).

  • December 27, 2020: The first batch of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Canada from Brussels via FedEx Express, with FedEx Canada responsible for physical deliveries in the country (link).

  • December 23, 2020: Health Canada authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in Canada. It is the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved (link). Canada is expected to receive up to 168,000 doses of the vaccine in December, 2020 and 40 million doses by the end of 2021(link).

  • December 21, 2020: Moderna has provided the final documents necessary for Health Canada to determine whether it can authorize the company’s COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 18, 2020: Health Canada issued a statement acknowledging that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, but that Canada’s review process is ongoing. The department stated that while it cannot provide a definite timeline, it expects its review will be completed in the coming weeks (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement to CBC News that Canada expects to have enough vaccine doses available to vaccinate every Canadian who would like to be inoculated by the end of September 2021. This date is based on the companies that Canada has signed purchase agreements with securing regulatory approvals and meeting delivery timelines (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Canada will have access to 168,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, pending approval of the vaccine by Health Canada. Delivery of the Moderna vaccine is expected to begin within 48 hours of approval. Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the first doses of the Moderna vaccine will be directed to northern regions, remote and indigenous communities, as it has less stringent storage requirements than the Pfizer vaccine (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Canada will receive up to 200,000 additional doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine next week (link).

  • December 11, 2020: The Prime Minister stated that Canada’s first doses of the vaccine have arrived in the country (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Prime Minister announced that the Federal Government would cover costs associated with COVID-19 vaccines, including the costs to administer them (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Public Health Agency of Canada announced that it is implementing a no-fault vaccine injury support program for all Health Canada approved vaccines. This program, in collaboration with all provinces and territories, will provide Canadians with support in the event of an adverse reaction to a vaccine (link).

  • December 9, 2020: Health Canada announced its approval of the Pfizer vaccine, becoming the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Minister of Public Services and Procurement announced that Canada will receive up to 249,000 Pfizer vaccine doses in December 2020, contingent upon Health Canada’s approval of the vaccine (link).

  • December 4, 2020: The Government of Canada released a guide outlining the federal government’s immunization plan. The plan is comprised of seven key elements and the roles of key stakeholders in the plan (link).

British Columbia

  • January 19, 2021: Health officials in British Columbia are expecting a temporary shortfall of roughly 60,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks as a result of Pfizer’s previously announced delays (link).
  • January 15, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 75,914 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • January 15, 2021: Close to 60 First Nations in British Columbia are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses next week. The shipments are being prioritized based on remoteness and whether a community has experienced a cluster of COVID-19 cases or deaths from the virus (link).

  • January 13, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 63,430 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • January 11, 2021: The Provincial Health Officer said that British Columbia will allow a 35-day gap between doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to maximize distribution while balancing supply (link).

  • January 11, 2021: British Columbia is set to receive 80,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines combined per week by the end of February, 2021 (link).

  • January 8, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 46,259 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 33,665 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • January 5, 2021: British Columbia aims to provide vaccines to 3,300 people a day for the next two weeks, with the second dose being administered 35 days after the first (link).

  • January 3, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 17,510 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • December 29, 2020: Since the start of immunizations, 11,930 people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • December 27, 2020: The Provincial Health Officer said that British Columbia’s first batch of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could arrive as early as Tuesday, December 29 (link).

  • December 22, 2020: Vaccine clinics opened in the Island Health, Interior Health, and Northern Health regions. Since the start of immunizations, 4,108 people have received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in British Columbia (link).

  • December 21, 2020: The Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer confirmed that 3,644 front-line health workers received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine last week (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The Minister of Health and Provincial Health Officer said in a joint statement that every health region in the province will receive weekly vaccine deliveries starting the week of December 21 (link).

  • December 15, 2020: The first British Columbians were vaccinated against COVID-19, with approximately 4,000 health-care workers to receive the vaccine in the coming days from its first batch (link).

  • December 14, 2020: British Columbia received its first batch of approximately 4,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Provincial Health Officer stated that the Ministry of Health is working with the RCMP to protect vaccine transportation after receiving information about efforts to sabotage immunization programs (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Provincial Health Officer announced that the province plans on immunizing 400,000 people by the end of March, with priority given to residents and staff of long-term care homes and and health-care workers. By April 2021, prioritization will include teachers, grocery store workers, firefighters, and people working in food processing facilities (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Government of British Columbia announced that a COVID-19 vaccine registration and record system is in development. The system will include a process to register for vaccine access and receive a formal immunization record (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Government of British Columbia announced that the first round of 4,000 vaccinations will begin during the week of December 14, 2020 at two sites in the Lower Mainland, expanding to nine sites by January 2021. The initial vaccinations will be administered to Lower Mainland health-care workers in long-term care homes and front-line health-care workers essential to the COVID-19 response (link).

Alberta

  • January 19, 2021: Premier Jason Kenney said that the province has run out of COVID-19 vaccines. The province paused first dose appointments and postponed the roll-out to First Nations communities and general population seniors (link).
  • January 15, 2021: Minister of Health, Tyler Shandro, issued a statement indicating the government is unsure of how the reduction of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supply will affect the planned roll-out of immunizations in the province (link).

  • January 13, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 58,144 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta. The Province has also expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to include paramedics and emergency medical technicians (link).

  • January 12, 2021: Premier Kenney stated that Alberta should be able to open up the vaccination program to the general public by around June 2021 (link).

  • January 11, 2021: The Premier of Alberta said the province is running out of COVID-19 vaccines and could exhaust its supply as early as next week (link).

  • January 8, 2021: Alberta added health care workers in medical, surgical, and COVID-19 vaccine units to the list of those eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 37,686 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 30,033 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Alberta expects to receive an additional 13,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days (link).

  • January 4, 2021: Alberta has received roughly 46,000 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines, combined (link).

  • December 29, 2020: The first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alberta. The 16,900 doses will be directed to residents and staff in long-term care centres (link).

  • December 28, 2020: A total of 6,016 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta (link).

  • December 22, 2021: Alberta has received a second shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, containing 25,350 vaccine doses (link).

  • December 21, 2021: Alberta will receive 25,350 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the week of December 21, 2020 (link).

  • December 15, 2020: The first Albertans were vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are being offered in Calgary and Edmonton to respiratory therapists, intensive care unit physicians and staff, and eligible long-term care and designated supportive living workers (link).

  • December 14, 2020: Alberta received 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with a further 25,350 vaccines expected to arrive in Alberta on December 21 (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Government of Alberta announced that its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive during the week of December 14, 2020. The initial vaccinations will focus on health-care workers at high-risk facilities, expanding to other health-care workers in January 2021. Eight locations across the province are equipped to store the vaccine. Phase 1 of the province’s rollout, focused on other priority groups, will begin in January 2021(link).

  • December 7, 2020: Government officials told the CBC that the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine to the province will contain 3,900 doses (link).
  • November 28, 2020: The Premier stated that COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory (link).

Saskatchewan

  • January 19, 2021: The Government of Saskatchewan is expecting to run out of COVID-19 vaccine in the next few days. The shortage should not have an impact on those requiring a second dose (link).

  • January 18, 2021: Seniors over the age of 70 and living in the city of Prince Albert are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • January 17, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 20,159 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan (link).

  • January 14, 2021: Saskatchewan updated its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan based on the expected allocations of vaccines from the federal government (link).

  • January 13, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 10,400 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan (link).

  • January 12, 2021: Premier Moe acknowledged Saskatchewan’s slow start to the vaccine rollout and stated that changes were being made to increase the speed of distribution (link).

  • January 10, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 7,929 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Saskatchewan announced that the province will receive more than 11,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine weekly beginning in February, 2021 (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 4,524 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan. All remaining Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses received to date have been allocated to the province’s far North East and North East zones (link).

  • January 5, 2021: Immunization against COVID-19 began in Saskatchewan’s Far North, using the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The Health Minister announced the province expects to receive 6,825 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for each of the weeks of January 11, 18, and 25, a downward revision from 10,725 doses each week (link).

  • January 3, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 3,866 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan (link).

  • December 28, 2020: Since the start of immunizations, 2,371 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan (link).

  • December 23, 2020: The government of Saskatchewan announced that 4,900 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would be arriving in Saskatchewan the week of December 28, 2020 (link).

  • December 22, 2020: Immunization against COVID-19 began in Saskatoon, with 1,950 health-care workers expected to receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the coming days (link).

  • December 21, 2020: The total COVID-19 vaccinations completed to December 21 is 1,519 (link).

  • December 20, 2020: The total COVID-19 vaccinations completed to December 20 is 1,285 (link).

  • December 17, 2020: Saskatchewan received a second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, expanding its pilot vaccination project to frontline staff in the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and anesthetists (link).
  • December 15, 2020: Saskatchewan received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and began administering the 1,950 doses at Regina General Hospital to health-care workers (link).

  • December 11, 2020: The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Saskatchewan released an advisory addressing questions around the approval, delivery, and administration of vaccines (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Government of Saskatchewan released its COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan, with the first shipment containing 1,950 Pfizer vaccine doses expected to arrive by December 15, 2020. The initial vaccines will be delivered to health-care workers providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. The first phase of the Delivery Plan following the initial shipment will focus on higher-risk populations and will begin in December 2020. 202,052 vaccine doses are expected within the first quarter of 2021 (link).

  • December 1, 2020: The Health Minister said that COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory (link).

Manitoba

  • January 19, 2021: The Government of Manitoba will be able to keep all existing vaccine appointments and schedule an additional 4,000 vaccine appointments despite the reduced shipments of doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving from the federal government (link).
     
  • January 18, 2021: The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered at the newly established vaccine centre in Brandon’s Keystone Centre (link).
  • January 15, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 13,539 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba (link).

  • January 15, 2021: Health and Seniors Care Minister, Heather Stefanson, announced that no vaccination appointments would be disrupted by news of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine supply being reduced (link).

  • January 13, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 12,409 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba. 1,660 people have received both doses. The Province has also expanded its COVID-19 vaccination eligibility criteria to include staff employed in congregate group care settings, such as homeless shelters and child and family services (link).

  • January 13, 2021: The Premier of Manitoba said that 4,100 priority health-care workers would be vaccinated at the Keystone COVID-19 immunization super-site during its first week of operations. The Premier also said that the province expects to administer 1,150 COVID-19 vaccine doses to personal care home residents by the end of this week as part of the 28-day campaign targetting personal care homes (link).

  • January 11, 2021: Vaccinations began in personal care homes. All personal care home residents are expected to receive their first vaccine dose within the next 28 days. The Keystone Centre super-site in Brandon will open on January 18, 2021 (link).

  • January 10, 2021: Manitoba expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to certain first responders and home-care workers (link).

  • January 10, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 9,498 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba (link).

  • January 8, 2021: The first COVID-19 vaccine doses earmarked for First Nations communities in Manitoba were administered (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Manitoba projects that approximately 70% of Manitobans will receive two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines before the end of 2021 (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The Manitoba government announced the launch of a 28-day campaign to immunize all eligible personal care home residents on-site in 135 locations across the province. An estimated 9,834 people will be immunized through this prioritization campaign (link).

  • January 6, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 5,165 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba. The first apppointments for second-dose immunizations have now started in the province, as Manitoba expects at least 4% of its population to be vaccinated by the end of February (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The RBC Convention Centre super site opened in Winnipeg and immunized 850 people in its first day of operation. The province received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, containing 7,300 doses (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The Chief Provincial Public Health Officer said the province expects to administer roughly 7,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming week (link).

  • December 29, 2020: Since the start of immunizations, approximately 2,477 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Manitoba (link).

  • December 28, 2020: Manitoba expanded the list of who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 27, 2020: Starting January 4, 2021, the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg will be the centre for COVID-19 vaccinations (link).

  • December 26, 2020: Manitoba reported one adverse effect from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 22, 2020: A total of 1,192 people have been immunized with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. All 1,300 immunization appointments available for the week of December 21, 2020 have been booked by eligible health-care providers (link).

  • December 21, 2020: Manitoba expanded the number of available immunization appointments from 900 to more than 1,300 because immunizers have consistently been able to draw six doses of vaccine from each vial, instead of the expected five. More than 1,200 eligible health-care workers have vaccine appointments for the week of December 21, 2020 (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The first Manitobans were vaccinated against COVID-19 at the province’s first immunization clinic. Prioritiy was granted to front-line health-care providers (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The Manitoba government launched its first COVID-19 immunization clinic, which expects to immunize 900 health-care providers in the first priority group within the next three days. Additional doses of the vaccine are expected to be delivered later in December (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Manitoba received its first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine (link).

  • December 12, 2020: The Government of Manitoba identified the first priority population group to receive vaccinations, which consist of health care workers whose work involves direct contact with certain vulnerable patients in care facilities. Immunization clinics for the first priority population group will begin next week, with the initial 900 doses being allocated by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Government of Manitoba announced that it will launch a COVID-19 immunizer micro-credential course on December 15, 2020. Participants in the free, eight-hour course will learn about safe COVID-19 vaccination procedures. The Premier has encouraged retired health-care workers, students, and others that meet a baseline of skills and knowledge to take the course to update their vaccine knowledge and skills and join the province’s vaccine campaign (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Office of the Premier said that it received confirmation from federal officials that it would receive 15 per cent extra doses of the Moderna vaccine because of the province’s comparatively high Indigenous population. Adults living in Indigenous communities are considered a priority at-risk population (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Province of Manitoba announced its initial COVID-19 vaccination plan, with the first shipment of containing 1,950 Pfizer vaccine doses arriving during the week of December 14, 2020. The initial vaccinations will be provided to front-line health-care workers in critical care units. Future vaccines will first be provided to priority groups recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Manitoba has set up its first immunization clinic in Winnipeg, with six other municipalities also opening clinics over the next three months. Manitoba expects to receive 228,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine by the end of March 2021 (link).

Ontario

  • January 19, 2021: Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer said that the province will delay administering second doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 42 days, instead of the advised 21 days, in response to Pfizer’s recent announcement to delay shipments to Canada. The province also paused administration of COVID-19 vaccines at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre due to the delay (link).
  • January 14, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 159,021 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario. 13,293 people have received both doses (link).

  • January 13, 2021: The Government of Ontario announced that it plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing homes and high-risk retirement homes by February 15, 2021, with an expectation that residents, workers, and essential caregivers will get their first doses by that date. This follows an earlier pledge by the Government to give the vaccine to long-term care facilities in hot spots by January 21, 2021 (link).

  • January 13, 2021: Ontario released information regarding Phase 2 of its vaccine rollout. Phase 2 will see up to 8.5 million people vaccinated by the end of July 2021, with vaccine clinics at pharmacies, primary care settings, and community locations to be added to facilitate the distribution. The first municipally run vaccination site will open on January 18, 2021 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Groups eligible to receive vaccines during Phase 2 will include older adults, individuals living and working in high-risk congregate settings, frontline essential workers, and individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers (link).

  • January 8, 2021: Ontario is now allowing pregnant and/or breastfeeding people to access both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 72,631 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ontario. 2,173 people have received both doses (link).

  • January 5, 2021: Ontario plans to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all long-term care residents and staff in Toronto, Peel Region, York Region, and Windsor-Essex by January 21, 2021 (link).

  • December 30, 2020: Ontario released an ethical framework for COVID-19 vaccine distribution that will guide the province’s decision-making going forward (link).

  • December 30, 2020: Fifty thousand doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be made available for use in Ontario today. The head of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination program asked Health Canada to look into the possibility of providing the Moderna vaccine as a single dose rather than two (link).

  • December 29, 2020: Ontario administered more than 14,000 of the 90,000 doses included in its initial shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Ontario’s vaccine administration pace is considerably behind other provinces (link).

  • December 28, 2020: Ontario has changed its COVID-19 vaccination plan to give a first dose to as many people as possible and no longer hold second doses in reserve (link).

  • December 21, 2020: Over 3,000 frontline health workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 (link).

  • December 18, 2020: Ontario announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination locations to 17 additional hospital sites (link).

  • December 15, 2020: The Chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force expects that Ontario will have 1.2 million people vaccinated in the first quarter of 2021, with some hospitals expected to administer more than a 1,000 vaccines per day once the immunization campaign takes full flight (link).

  • December 14, 2020: Ontario administered the first COVID-19 vaccination in Canada to Anita Quidangen, a personal support worker. Over 2,500 health-care workers in hospitals and long-term care homes will be vaccinated in Ontario over the coming days and weeks during its first phase (link).

  • December 11, 2020: The Government of Ontario announced its three-phase vaccination plan. The pilot project will vaccinate over 2,500 health care workers in Toronto and Ottawa, and will test the logistics of delivery, reconstitution of the vaccine, clinic management, and post-vaccine surveillance (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force said that the province would receive 6,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on December 14, 2020. Health-care workers in Toronto and Ottawa will be the first recipients. The chair also said that the province now expects to receive 90,000 Pfizer vaccine doses by the end of December and as many as 85,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, provided that it is approved in the coming weeks (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Premier announced that Ontario could receive its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine during the week of December 14, 2020, with 85,000 doses expected this month. The chair of Ontario’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force stated that Ontario’s vaccination program would occur in three phases, with Phase 1 focused on those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Ontario expects to receive 2.4 million vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna during Phase 1, which will occur during the first three months of 2021 (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Government of Ontario announced the key groups to receive the initial COVID-19 vaccines. The groups, including long-term care home residents, health workers, and adults in Indigenous communities, align with those recommended by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (link).

  • December 1, 2020: The Health Minister said that COVID-19 vaccination will be voluntary (link).

Québec

  • January 18, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 146,694 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Québec (link).

  • January 18, 2021: 75% of long-term care home residents in Québec received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (link (FR)).

  • January 14, 2021: The Health Minister of Québec announced the province’s vaccination strategy is to administer the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within 42 to 90 days after the first dose (link).

  • January 14, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 107,365 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Québec (link).

  • January 11, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 92,452 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Québec (link).

  • January 8, 2021: The Government of Québec provided more clarity on the vaccination schedule. Québec aims to administer the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to 160,000 health-care workers by February 8, 2021, and to 245,000 health-care workers by March 1, 2021. Québec aims to start administering doses in private retirement homes during the week of January 25, 2021, and to have vaccinated 102,000 residents by the end of February 2021. Québec aims to have vaccinated 35,000 people in remote communities in northern Québec by the end of February 2021. Québec aims to start administering doses to people aged 80 and over, the 5th priority group, and people aged 70 to 79, the 6th priority group, in the week of February 15, 2021, and in the week of March 15, 2021, respectively (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 48,632 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Québec (link).

  • January 7, 2021: The Government of Québec aims to administer 250,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by February 8, 2021 (link (FR)).

  • January 5, 2021: The first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Québec, in two long-term care homes in Montreal (link (FR)).

  • December 17, 2020: The Government of Québec announced that it expects to receive 1.3 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines by March 31, 2021, making it possible to vaccinate 675,000 people. The first two priority groups (vulnerable people living in long-term care home residents and healthcare workers) will then be vaccinated (link (FR)).

  • December 17, 2020: The Government of Québec announced that on December 21, 2020, 21 vaccination centres will open across the province (link (FR)).

  • December 14, 2020: The vaccination campaign launched in Québec, starting in two long-term care homes in Montreal and Quebec City. The province aims to vaccinate more than 50,000 people by January 4, 2020 (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Premier, as well as health officials, have maintained that COVID-19 vaccination will not be mandatory (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Health Minister announced that Québec expects to begin vaccinating long-term care home residents on site during the week of December 14, 2020 if the Pfizer vaccine is approved by Health Canada. 4,000 doses are expected in the initial shipment. The Health Minister expects up to 28,000 immunizations by January 4, 2021 and up to 650,000 vaccinations in the first three months of 2021 if the Moderna vaccine is approved. Public vaccinations will occur at more than 20 locations (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The National Institute of Public Health of Québec proposed an order of priority of groups for vaccination, establishing 12 levels of priority. Long-term care home residents and health-care workers will be prioritized (link (FR)).
  • November 17, 2020: The Public Health Director said that the possibility of mandatory vaccination was “very, very low” (link).

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • January 11, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 3,760 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Newfoundland and Labrador (link).
  • January 11, 2021: The first person in Nunatsiavut receives a COVID-19 vaccine, as the Nunatsiavut government begins its vaccine distribution (link).

  • January 8, 2021: The province’s Central Health and Western Health regions began administering doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to front-line health-care workers (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The Premier said that long-term care residents would be immunized beginning the week of January 11, 2021, with members of Nunatsiavut along Labrador’s remote north coast also being immunized at that time. The province also received approval from Pfizer to move the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine out of designated depots, meaning those outside St. John’s will be able to access the vaccine. The province intends to provide weekly inoculation figure updates beginning next week (link).

  • December 21, 2020: Newfoundland’s Chief Medical Officer confirmed that 972 vaccines were administered by December 19, 2020 (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in St. John’s. The province will vaccinate 975 people in the next few days, with another vaccine shipment expected next week. Health officials expect to vaccinate 28,000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Newfoundland and Labrador received its first 1,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 9, 2020: The Premier said that the province was not considering the adoption of “immunity passports” as proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The Premier previously said that the vaccine will not be mandatory (link)

  • December 9, 2020: The Health Minister announced that the province is prepared to receive its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, containing 1,950 doses, during the week of December 14, 2020. The province’s vaccine committee expects to highlight which high-risk groups will receive the first doses by the time the shipment arrives (link).

New Brunswick

  • January 14, 2021: Vaccine clinics will take place in Campbellton, Edmunston, Fredericton and Saint John over the weekend of January 16, 2021. Vaccines will also be administered at eight long-term care facilities in the coming days (link).

  • January 8, 2021: New Brunswick began administering second doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend of January 9, 2021 (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The Chief Medical Officer said that the province is expected to receive 2,100 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses and 2,900 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses in the next two weeks, with clinics planned in the Saint John area for the week of January 11, 2021. Some doses have been reserved for nursing home residents (link).

  • January 3, 2021: Premier Brian Higgs indicated in an interview that New Brunswick travel restrictions would not be lifted until the province obtained a 70% vaccination rate (link).

  • December 28, 2020: A total of 1,034 front-line health-care workers received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 22, 2020: A shipment of 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New Brunswick. The shipment will allow an additional 975 people to be vaccinated at clinics in Moncton (link).

  • December 21, 2020: A total of 1,871 individuals received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend at the Miramichi vaccine clinic (link)

  • December 19, 2020: The Office of the Premier announced the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Miramichi (link).

  • December 15, 2020: New Brunswick received its first 1,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines will be administered to 975 people in high priority groups over the coming weekend (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Health Minister announced the province’s priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine. The groups include long-term care residents and staff, staff from Provincial Rapid Outbreak Management Teams who respond to COVID-19 outbreaks, Extra-mural/Ambulance New Brunswick staff, health-care workers, First Nations nurses, and seniors 85 and older (link).

  • December 8, 2020: The Government of New Brunswick confirmed that its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines, containing 1,950 doses, would arrive during the week of December 14, 2020 with a second shipment before the end of the year. The province will use its entire first shipment to provide initial shots, with the second dose coming from subsequent deliveries (link).

Nova Scotia

  • January 19, 2021: Clinics immunizing health-care workers are now operating in all four health zones in Nova Scotia. The province adjusted its vaccination distribution plan to account for the reduced shipments of doses of COVID-19 vaccines arriving from the federal government (link).

  • January 11, 2021: The first vaccine clinics outside Halifax opened at Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital (link).

  • January 11, 2021: Nova Scotia is expected to receive a combined total of 140,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines by the end of March, 2021 (link).

  • January 7, 2021: The Springhill Penitentiary is one of five federal prisons set to receive COVID-19 vaccines as part of a federal government pilot project that begins January 8, 2021 (link).

  • January 5, 2021: The Premier announced that the province aims to vaccinate 75% of its population by the end of September 2021, with more than one million doses of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines expected to arrive in the province by the end of June 2021 (link).

  • January 5, 2021: The Government of Nova Scotia provided an update on the province’s COVID-19 immunization plan. Cape Breton Regional Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital will open vaccination clinics on January 11, 2021 and Colchester East Hants Health Centre’s vaccine clinic will open January 18, 2021. Vaccination at three long-term care facilities will also begin in January (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The Nova Scotia Department of Health confirmed that the province received 3,700 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 30, 2020 (link).

  • December 21, 2020: A total of 1,463 individuals have received their first dose of the vaccine. The province will receive another shipment of 3,900 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during the week of December 21, 2020. Four more COVID-19 vaccine storage sites will be set up across the province to prepare for an expanded vaccination program (link).

  • December 16, 2020: Nova Scotia administered 390 vaccines to health-care workers in Halifax. The province plans to administer its first 1,950 doses of the vaccine in the coming days, and expects to receive another 5,800 doses by the end of December (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Nova Scotia received its first 1,950 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 8, 2020: The Government of Nova Scotia announced that it would receive its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines, containing 1,950 doses, during the week of December 14. The province will begin immunizing health-care workers most directly involved in the COVID-19 response once the vaccine is approved by Health Canada. The vaccination focus during early 2021 will be on long-term care residents and staff, seniors 80 and over, and other health-care workers. The Government also announced that it expects the Moderna vaccine to arrive later this month (link).

Prince Edward Island

  • January 12, 2021: All long term care and community care residents are expected to receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the week of January 11, 2021. By January 22, 2021 it is expected that everyone living and working in community care facilities will receive their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (link)

  • January 8, 2021: The province’s first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were administered at a long-term care home (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The Chief of Nursing stated that the province is on track to vaccinate 15,000 prioritized residents by the end of March 2021. Some front-line health-care workers in the province have now received their second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses, and a steering committee will decide which groups will receive the vaccine next based on local epidemiology (link).

  • January 4, 2021: Vaccinations began at the first long-term care facility in the province (link).

  • January 4, 2021: Prince Edward Island received 975 additional doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of a regular shipment of the vaccine that the province is receiving from the manufacturer. The Province intends to use a combination of both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on health care workers (link).

  • December 22, 2020: The Chief Public Health Officer stated that P.E.I. expects to have 1,500 people vaccinated by the end of December 22, 2020 (link).

  • December 16, 2020: PEI administered its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Charlottetown (link).

  • December 15, 2020: PEI received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 The approximately 1,950 doses will be administered to health-care workers involved in the COVID-19 response and nursing-home staff who provide patient care (link).

  • December 8, 2020: The Chief Public Health Officer stated that P.E.I. expects to receive its first Pfizer vaccine shipment, containing 1,950 doses, during the week of December 14. The province will begin administering doses the day after arrival if the vaccine is approved by Health Canada, beginning with priority groups including long-term care residents and staff, adults 80 and over, health-care workers, and adults in Indigenous communities (link).

Yukon

  • January 17, 2021: Members of the Yukon’s two mobile vaccine teams completed training and were deployed to rural communities to deliver and administer the first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (link).
  • January 13, 2021: Since the start of immunizations, 685 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Yukon.

  • January 13, 2021: The Government of Yukon announced that a shipment of 7,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine would arrive on January 14, 2021. The Government also announced that some Yukoners could begin registering for vaccinations online, with phone bookings beginning January 14, 2021. The first vaccinations of priority groups in Whitehorse will begin on January 18, 2021 (link).

  • January 7, 2021: Yukon officials released a preliminary schedule for when residents of the province can get access to a COVID-19 vaccines (link).

  • January 4, 2021: The Yukon has begun administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, with a focus on long-term care residents and staff (link).

  • December 28, 2020: 7,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Yukon on December 28, 2020 (link).

  • December 22, 2020: A practice run of vaccine delivery to Whitehorse was conducted in preparation for approval of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (link).

  • December 16, 2020: The Minister of Health announced that the territory identified its priority populations for COVID-19 vaccination. The populations include staff and residents of long-term care home and shelters, health-care workers, people over 80 years of age, and Yukoners living in rural and remote communities (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the territories are scheduled to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in the coming weeks, pending Health Canada approval. Deliveries of the Moderna vaccine could begin within 48 hours of approval (link).

  • December 10, 2020: The Government of Yukon released the territory’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy and announced that “all eligible, adult Yukoners” who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will have access to one at no cost in early 2021 (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Prime Minister said that “significant logistical challenges” associated with the Pfizer vaccine mean that it will not be distributed to the territories at this time. If approved, the Moderna vaccine is the preferred alternative with shipments expected to the territories in early 2021 (link).

Northwest Territories

  • January 12, 2021: Nunavut will begin vaccinating elders 65 and over as well as anyone living in a shelter on January 18, 2021 (link).
  • January 11, 2021: The Northwest Territories began administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to front-line workers over the weekend of January 9, 2021 (link).

  • January 5, 2021: The Government of the Northwest Territories released the territory’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy (link).

  • December 28, 2020: 7,200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Northwest Territories on December 28, 2020 (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the territories are scheduled to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in the coming weeks, pending Health Canada approval. Deliveries of the Moderna vaccine could begin within 48 hours of approval (link).

  • December 11, 2020: The Government of the Northwest Territories announced its preliminary plans to roll out the Moderna vaccine between January and March of 2021. The government will have enough vaccine available to immunize 75% of the territory’s residents 18 years of age or older (link).

  • December 7, 2020: The Prime Minister said that “significant logistical challenges” associated with the Pfizer vaccine mean that it will not be distributed to the territories at this time. If approved, the Moderna vaccine is the preferred alternative with shipments expected to the territories in early 2021 (link).

Nunavut

  • January 14, 2021: The municipality of Arviat announced it will offer entry into a cash draw with five $2,000 prizes to those who get vaccinated against COVID-19. Arviat has had more reported cases of COVID-19 than any other community in Nunavut (link).

  • January 12, 2021: Nunavut will begin vaccinating elders 65 and over as well as anyone living in a shelter on January 18, 2021 (link).

  • January 8, 2021: The Chief Public Health Officer said that another 6,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive next week (link).

  • January 6, 2021: The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Nunavut at the Iqaluit Elders’ Centre (link).

  • January 5, 2021: The Chief Public Health Officer confirmed that Nunavut will begin administering the COVID-19 vaccine starting with the elders’ centre in Iqaluit on January 6, 2021 (link).

  • December 30, 2020: The first 6,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived in the territory (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Prime Minister Trudeau announced that the territories are scheduled to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in the coming weeks, pending Health Canada approval. Deliveries of the Moderna vaccine could begin within 48 hours of approval (link).

  • December 15, 2020: Nunavut’s Department of Health obtained two medical-grade freezers from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which arrived in Iqaluit over the weekend to store the vaccine (link).

  • December 4, 2020: The Chief Public Health Officer said that he did not expect Nunavut to get any Pfizer vaccines due to its storage and shipping requirements. If approved, the Moderna vaccine is the preferred alternative with shipments expected to the territories in early 2021 (link).

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