Coronavirus: Canada’s health minister says COVID-19 vaccine will not be mandatory

Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu was asked about a potential COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and said that “we believe people have a choice” when asked about a potential COVID-19 vaccine being mandatory for Canadians.

Hajdu added that no vaccine is mandatory in Canada and that a COVID-19 vaccine “would be no different.” She says there are some exceptions to rules in some jurisdictions.

Hajdu also said that the “majority of Canadians understand the value of vaccines and we don’t see the same kind of vaccine hesitancy we see in other countries around the world.”

She said it’s important for Canadians to use “credible sources” when they’re looking for information on vaccines.

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In This Story: Canada

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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