The arrival of five million doses this week will bring the number procured to over 66 million. That means there will be enough for the 33.2 million Canadians who are aged 12 and over. Children under 12 are not yet eligible to receive a vaccine.
“With enough doses for everyone, there’s no more excuses not to get your shot,” Trudeau said.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the government had previously set the end of September 2021 as a date when all Canadians who want to be fully vaccinated would be able to get both doses.
“Not only have we kept that promise, but we’ve delivered it two months ahead of schedule,” Trudeau said.
This week’s shipment includes 3.6 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as well as 1.4 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
According to the government’s most recent data released last Friday, 57.45 per cent of Canadians 12 and over are fully vaccinated, and 79.66 per cent have received at least one dose.