Ottawa is closely monitoring vaccine rollout in provinces, says Hajdu
Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the federal government is closely monitoring the gap between the number of vaccines delivered to provinces and the number of vaccines administered.
The health minister has been repeatedly pressed by reporters at a virtual press conference in Ottawa today to say whether she thinks the provinces are too slow to vaccinate people.
The questions followed a thread Hajdu tweeted on Monday evening summarizing federal estimates for the number of vaccines delivered and the number administered.
For example, federal figures show that nearly 4,022,875 vaccines were delivered to Ontario, but only 2,545,640 were administered. Quebec has received 2,320,707 vaccines from the federal government and administered 1,552,215 doses, Hajdu said.
“I think it’s difficult for me to give you a general answer because of course the provinces and territories have very different strategies across the country, but what I can tell you is that we are monitoring up close and we’re ready to help any province or territory that has a challenge, “she said.” I would say it’s important that provinces continue to make these tough and tough choices, not just when it comes to vaccinations. , but also on how to control the spread of the virus so that Canadians can see the end of this current health crisis.
“We will continue to be transparent with the doses we receive in the country, how they are distributed to provinces and how they are administered.”
Speaking at the same press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would speak later today with Ontario Premier Doug Ford about what the recent increase in the number of cases means for hospitals in the province. He said he would speak with all the premiers tomorrow.
“The provinces in general have been very clear that they believe that vaccination is something that they are able to manage on their own. But as always … if anyone needs more help, the federal government will be there, as we have been doing all along. start, ”he says.
Ford last month called the federal government’s vaccine logistics a “joke.”
“We don’t have enough vaccines from the federal government,” he said.
“The AstraZeneca that we were supposed to take out in pharmacies – we don’t even have an appointment. We have no idea. How can you plan when the federal government doesn’t even give us an appointment? “