June 24, 2021 | Vancouver, BC | Public Health Agency of Canada
As more and more Canadians get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Government of Canada is taking action to make sure every Canadian who wants a vaccine can get one, closing the gap among populations with lower vaccine uptake.
Today, the Honourable Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced funding to the Dr. Peter Centre to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and address barriers to vaccination among communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
The Dr. Peter Centre will develop a bilingual National Community of Practice to help community health agencies across Canada improve uptake and access to the COVID-19 vaccine, for people living with HIV and other complex health and social conditions. Through the creation of an online portal of resources, the Dr. Peter Centre will create a space for community leaders to access and share COVID-19 vaccination resources and best practices so they can increase vaccine uptake among the populations they serve.
The Government of Canada is working closely with experts, provinces and territories, and other partners to encourage vaccine confidence and better understand what barriers people may face to getting vaccinated. The Immunization Partnership Fund is one tool to help people in Canada make informed vaccine choices through community mobilization and public outreach.