The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has updated its travel warning for Canada to include vaccinated travelers over concerns of the new Covid-19 variants spreading in the country.
While the warning has been in place for months, it was updated to include vaccinated travelers. “Because of the current situation in Canada even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to Canada,” reads the advisory.
The CDC states that if U.S. travelers must travel to Canada, they should be vaccinated first and follow all prevention protocols.
“If you must travel to Canada, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands.”
With over 1 million cases in Canada, the CDC is urging those in the U.S. to avoid travel into its northern neighboring country.
The border between the two countries has been closed to non-essential travel since the pandemic began in March of 2020. While the Canadian border remains closed for tourism, the country began allowing select travelers to enter the country back in October.
Although Canada has some of the strictest border rules in the world, it has not stopped Covid-19 from spreading in the country including a new outbreak in British Colombia of the highly contagious and more deadly variants. The variants of concern in B.C. are B117, first detected in the U.K., and P1, associated with Brazil.
Doctors say they’re seeing a disturbing trend of younger patients with the disease between the ages of 20 to 50 requiring critical care.
Canada’s Slow Vaccine Rollout
According to the New York Times, Canada’s vaccine rollout has been one of the slowest in the developed world. With only 2% of its population fully vaccinated, the country ranks 43rd overall with vaccination rates similar to developing countries including Indonesia and Brazil.
USA Today recently covered the envy Canadians have over the United States vaccine rollout. “Meanwhile in Canada” has been trending on social media as Canadians continue to express their frustration with the rollout.
Conservative Canadian parliament member Michelle Rempel Garner took to Twitter to comment on the U.S. push to open up vaccination appointments to all adults. She also noted that the Oakland Zoo plans on vaccinating some of its animals this summer.
“Most Americans aged 16 and over will have access to a vaccine in the next week or two. In Canada, that milestone is far away. In fact, these zoo animals in the United States might have access to a vaccine before many Canadian adults will. That’s how badly Trudeau has failed” Garner Tweeted.
Canada is by no means alone with the CDC’s level 4 ‘Avoid all travel’ warning. The Center For Disease Control rates over 150 countries at the highest warning level including Americans favorite destinations of Mexico Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Canadians have felt strongly about keeping the land border closed to the United States but it will be the U.S. that reaches herd immunity far before its neighbor to the north. Now the U.S. is likely to keep the land border closed to stop the influx of Canadians that would cross the border to receive a vaccine. Many states have opened vaccinations to all adults with no residency requirements.
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