While Canadians are having to wait up to 4 months to be fully vaccinated, the United States is giving them out like candy. First it was Alaska to begin offering free vaccines to all arriving tourists and now New York will give the one dose J & J (Johnson and Johnson) vaccine to all tourists who want one that visit Times Square.
The two countries have a stark contrast in the success of their vaccine rollouts. In the United States, 32.6% of the population is fully vaccinated while in Canada only 3.2% of the population has been fully vaccinated. The Canadian government continues to defend their plan by focusing on how many people have received their first shot. At first, the Canadian public was accepting of Canada’s plan to change the schedule from the manufactures recommendations of 3-4 weeks to 4 months but now a new study is showing that the first shot is not as effective in preventing the new Covid-19 variants.
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that people do not wait any longer than a maximum of 42 days in between the doses approved in the U.S.
The Canadian government has now stretched that number to 120 days. The numbers show Canada’s struggle in its vaccination rollout. Mexico has now doubled Canada in the number of fully vaccinated people at 6.8% and developing countries such as Colombia, Brazil and Cambodia have fully vaccinated more of their population.
Canadians Are Flying To The U.S. For Covid-19 Vaccinations
Canadians that are fed up with the slow vaccine rollout and have the means to do so are flying to the U.S. to get fully vaccinated months before they would have in Canada.
Multiple U.S. states do not require residency or citizenship for the Covid-19 vaccine. With the one shot J&J vaccine, many Canadians are booking their flights south, getting their shot and returning home fully vaccinated.
Jimmy Simmons from Ontario, Canada told CTV news that he was tired of waiting and decided to take back control of his life.
“I want this (pandemic) to end, and in order for this end I need to get vaccinated,” Simmons said. “Just sitting at home in Ontario isn’t going to change anything.”
Currently, the Canadian government has strict rules in place which is preventing most Canadians from receiving their Covid-19 vaccines in the U.S.
Canadians returning home by air face 3 Covid-19 tests, a 3 day hotel quarantine that costs upwards of $2000 followed by an 11 day quarantine at home. The rules that in place that are meant to protect Canadians are also preventing most from traveling to the U.S. for a vaccine. The land border between the United States and Canada is also closed to all non-essential traffic.
New York Offers Johnson & Johnson Vaccine To All Tourists
The Big Apple is getting its latest tourist attraction. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday that the city will deploy vaccination sites in Times Square where all tourists can be vaccinated with the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
“This is a positive message to tourists: come here, it’s safe, it’s a great place to be and we’re going to take care of you,” Hizzoner said at a press conference. “We’re going to make sure you get vaccinated while you’re here with us.”
Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which require two shots to be fully effective, the J & J variety takes just one dose which is a huge draw for vaccine tourism. Travelers from out of country or state will be able to visit the planned sites at the High Line in Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge Park and other locations as soon as this weekend. The city is just waiting on final approval from the state.
New York is continuing to see a decline in Covid-19 cases over the last few weeks and plans on fully reopening. The Mayor has set July 1 as the target date for the city’s full reopening, saying vaccination is key.
“The summer of New York City,” the Mayor excitedly announced. Around-the-clock subway service is set to resume May 17 with curfews for outdoor dining at bars and restaurants ending that day as well. Curfews for indoor service are scheduled to end May 31.
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