The federal government plans to change its definition of what it means to be fully protected against COVID-19 to reflect advice that a number of health experts have been recommending for months, including Canada’s top doctors.
Currently, federal employees are considered fully vaccinated if they have two doses of one of Health Canada’s approved vaccines.
On Friday, Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters during a briefing the COVID-19 vaccine efficiency wanes significantly over time, from 50 to 80 per cent effectiveness down to 20 per cent or lower six months after the second dose. Read more: Unvaccinated Canadians able to board planes, trains as feds pause COVID-19 mandate That’s why she has recommended that any official language encouraging Canadians to be vaccinated should not emphasize a specific number of doses, but rather say Canadians should be “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines. “(A) mandate is a policy decision that takes account many different factors and it’s up to the policymakers at this time to make that difficult decision.