Health Canada Says It’s ‘Still Learning’ If Vaccinated People Can Spread COVID-19
"Follow public health measures, regardless of your vaccination status."
Health Canada is asking the public to continue to follow public health advice, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status.
In a notice on May 24, the federal agency explained that while approved COVID-19 vaccines are "highly effective in preventing illness," it's not yet certain if they prevent an individual from carrying COVID-19.
#COVID19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing illness, but we\u2019re still learning if vaccinated individuals can carry and spread the virus to others. \n\nFollow public health measures, regardless of your vaccination status. \nhttps://ow.ly/c4vv50EC8Aq\u00a0pic.twitter.com/epnr2jOsOA— Health Canada and PHAC (@Health Canada and PHAC) 1621875692
"We're still learning if vaccinated individuals can carry and spread the virus to others," the notice explained.
For this reason, Canandians should continue to follow health guidelines for the time being — like wearing a mask, limiting close contacts and regularly washing hands — regardless of whether they've received a vaccine dose or not.
This comes shortly after Canada released a "life after vaccination" roadmap, outlining what summer and fall 2021 could look like if high COVID-19 vaccination coverage is reached.