Sunday Edition Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on April 25, 2021

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OTTAWA, ON, April 25, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ –

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Celebrating National Immunization Awareness Week

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Week (NIAW). This is an annual event which is held during the last week of April that serves to highlight and recognize the importance of immunization. NIAW coincides with the Pan American Health Organization’s Vaccination Week in the Americas and the World Health Organization’s World Immunization Week.

NIAW is a longstanding campaign here in Canada and this Sunday Edition is dedicated to this initiative. In its efforts to raise public awareness on the importance of vaccination, NIAW helps to maintain the health and protect the lives of those we hold dear across the country.

Vaccines are certainly top-of-mind for us all across Canada at this time – whether we have been vaccinated against COVID-19 already, are assisting others in getting vaccinated, and/or are eagerly awaiting our own turn. Thanks to remarkable scientific advancements and unprecedented levels of global collaboration, we are fortunate to have a number of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that are bringing us growing hope.

This year’s NIAW theme is, fittingly, “Vaccines Bring Us Closer.” Every time someone gets vaccinated we are closer to getting back the things we’ve missed so much. Vaccines truly are one of the greatest public health achievements of the twentieth century – and as we are seeing with COVID-19, advancements in this area continue to be critical to our health into the twenty-first century.

A Historical Perspective

For those of you who are not familiar with NIAW, its history in the context of the vaccination programs in Canada is worth learning about! NIAW was launched by Immunize Canada in the 1990s. It was based on a very successful program carried out in Canada in the 1930s. In those