COVID-19 Update

COVID UPDATES

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Alberta

Alberta Health is collaborating with Alberta Health Services (AHS) on a plan to ensure access to the HPV vaccine for Albertans. Currently, AHS is planning on relaunching the school‑based HPV immunization program starting in October 2020. The goal is to complete all school-based HPV immunizations according to the Alberta routine immunization schedule by the end of the 2020/2021 school year.

The Government of Alberta prides itself in having a comprehensive immunization program and we will continue to work closely with key partners to ensure access to immunization services.

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British Columbia

At this time, Immunize BC is asking that individuals be directed to their local health units as they will be able to provide up-to-date location and case-specific information to help address any questions.

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Manitoba

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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New Brunswick

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Northwest Territories

The GNWT has developed a plan, based on the National Advisory Committee of Immunizations, to ensure routine vaccine programs including school-based vaccine programs such as HPV are maintained during the pandemic. Strategies for vaccine delivery will include protocols such that the vaccine will be delivered in a way that is safe for the public receiving vaccination and health care professionals administering the vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Nova Scotia

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Nunavut

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Ontario

Ontario schools won’t provide Grade 7 vaccinations amid COVID-19. Read the article for further information: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/hpv-vaccinations-cancelled-ontario-cancer-risk-pandemic-1.5757061

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Prince Edward Island

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Quebec

Due to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, the Montreal Regional Public Health Directorate has decided to postpone school immunization to the fall of 2021-2022. However, the impact of this decision on the epidemiology of vaccine-preventable diseases targeted by the school program among Montreal students is considered very small, if not negligible, because the administration of these vaccines can be delayed in the short term.
This measure affects the following vaccination: 4th year of primary school: Hepatitis A and B, Human papillomavirus (HPV)3rd year of secondary school: Update of vaccination, including Diphtheria-Tetanus, Meningococcus, HPV, Hepatitis B.

The school environment generally gathers the winning conditions to reach the target clientele in order to achieve significant immunization coverage. The current environment in the Montreal region as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic makes these exercise conditions significantly less conducive to achieving the expected results for the 2020-21 school year.
In addition, with the change to the red level, school nurses normally assigned to immunization are currently engaged in the prevention and management of school-based COVID cases and outbreaks. In addition, there are several logistical issues (e.g. frequent and unpredictable isolation of bubble classes) that compromise the effective conduct of vaccination activities.

Vaccination remains an essential public health service. This exceptional measure stems from the uncertainty regarding the epidemiological situation regarding COVID-19 that will prevail in Montreal in the winter and spring of 2021. The objective of having population protection through vaccination will be maintained despite this postponement.

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Saskatchewan

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.

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Yukon

Waiting on the government’s plan of action.