Canada extends ban on travel with U.S.

Carrie Guzman
June 19, 2021

Travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border will remain in place for at least another month.

US Representative Chris Jacobs tweeted that it was "far past time for a specific plan to reopen the US - Canada border". Forty-five percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

The Canadian government expects to have enough vaccine delivered for 80 percent of eligible Canadians to be fully vaccinated by the end of July.

According to the New York Times World Vaccination Tracker, about 66 per cent of Canadians have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination and 15 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encouraged people to get their second shots as quickly as possible to ensure they are fully protected and allow Canada to get out of the pandemic.

'At the same time we also know we have to hit our targets of 75 ideal vaccinated with the first dose and at least 20 percent vaccinated with the second dose before we can start loosening things up because even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated'.

"Our two countries have missed an opportunity to make amendments to the border agreement which would recognize the increasing number of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19", he said. The Canadians shut their border to all but the most essential traffic in March of 2020.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair made the announcement on Twitter on Friday morning.

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"Even a fully vaccinated individual can pass on COVID-19 to someone who is not vaccinated and that means we have to really make sure that not only people who are fully vaccinated can travel, but that the communities to which they will return are not at risk". In coordination with the U.S., we are extending restrictions on non-essential global travel and with the United States until July 21, 2021, ' he tweeted.

Ottawa is expected to provide further details on Monday.

More details on rules for vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents are scheduled to land Monday. He noted how France now allows Canadians and Americans to visit, which makes it easier to travel overseas than within this country and to our closest neighbour.

Canada delayed administering a second dose to get more people a level of protection with the first dose faster and as the country waited for more supply to arrive.

On Friday, Legault insisted what's most important is that people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca get a booster shot - no matter which vaccine they choose.

"It's clear that either you get a double dose of AstraZenca, or double dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or a mix of double doses, (and) you will have access to worldwide flights", Legault said at an event in Laval, Que. Toronto, Canada's largest city, has largely been on lockdown for more than six months.

Ontario only recently got through a third wave of infections fueled by community spread.

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