Hajdu said even more restrictions could be lifted by the fall if 75% of Canadians are fully vaccinated by that point.
A nurse loads a syringe with a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Dewan Gemilang UKM vaccination centre in Bangi May 5, 2021.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Maj.
"You have to let the epidemiology and data drive the slow reopening measures at the local level", she said.More news: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raises security concerns after Marjorie Taylor Greene confrontation
The agency says once 75% of Canadians have had a single dose and 20% are fully vaccinated, some restrictions can be relaxed to allow small, outdoor gatherings with family and friends, camping, and picnics.
"I think masks might be the last layer of that multi-layer protection that we'll advise people to remove", Tam told reporters, noting that in Canada colder temperatures meant people would start spending more time indoors in the fall.
"Canada is now in the top G20 countries across a number of metrics including total doses administered per capita, percentage of population that has received at least one dose, and average daily vaccination rates", Anand confirmed Friday.
A United Kingdom study published Thursday suggests that waiting up to 12 weeks between first and second Pfizer doses could actually be beneficial. The first-of-its-kind study, published on Tuesday in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, adds to the growing literature that Covid-19 vaccines are safe in pregnancy. She says maintaining that pace will allow "an outdoor summer that gets us back into numerous activities we've been missing".More news: Stay at Home Orders Extended Until June 2nd
Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19.
Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said Canada can expect to receive 4.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna ahead of Victoria Day weekend.
Currently, about 1.3-million people - or roughly 3.5 percent of the population - have been fully vaccinated. Tam said that first immunization target is "within sight".
"We are continuing negotiations with our suppliers to accelerate deliveries so that the provinces and territories can get vaccines into the arms of Canadians as rapidly as possible", Anand said.More news: Based Enbridge refuses to bow to pressure to cancel Line 5
Russell said the two new cases of VITT are people in their 50s and they received a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in mid-April with symptoms occurring after 11 days for one individual and 19 days later for the other.