Covifenz Added To The List Of Accepted Vaccines in Canada; No More Pre-Entry Tests for Under-12s

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Following an official announcement made on April 25, Canada has scrapped the need for pre-entry COVID-19 test results for children below the age of 12 years. In addition to this, Medicago’s plant-based Covifenz vaccine is now added to the list of accepted vaccines in Canada.

Covifenz is made from plant-based proteins that look like coronavirus and uses Glaxo’s adjuvant that contains DL-alpha-tocopherol, squalene, polysorbate 80, phosphate-buffered saline. The other ingredients include potassium phosphate monobasic anhydrous, anhydrous sodium chloride, sodium phosphate dibasic anhydrous, and water for injection.

Oxford’s AstraZeneca and Pfizer’s BioNTech are the two most popular vaccines administered in UAE and are already on the list of acceptable vaccines to travel to Canada.

Here is the full list of accepted vaccines in Canada to enter the country:

  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson
  • Medicago’s Covifenz
  • Moderna’s Spikevax
  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, Tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Sinopharm BIBP (BBIBP-CorV)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

Travelers are expected to take recommended doses of any one of nine vaccines before traveling to Canada. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under the age of 12 are no longer required to provide a valid pre-entry test result if they are accompanying a fully vaccinated adult. Children who are less than 5 years old are not required to test, regardless of their vaccination status.

All unvaccinated adult travelers will be tested on arrival and required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

Things to Note Before Traveling to Canada

Prospective travelers to Canada may still need to follow certain guidelines before they could land in Canada.

Foremost, Travellers coming to Canada are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to their landing in Canada. All the required personal & travel documents must be submitted through the ArriveCAN mobile or web application. Failure to use the ArriveCAN app may also result in a fine of $5000.

Travelers are exempted from quarantine, however, may still be expected to prepare a quarantine plan, if selected at random by the border patrol. Unvaccinated individuals under 12 years old will be allowed to enter Canada without needing to quarantine if their parent or guardian is fully vaccinated and is accompanying them.

  • Pre-arrival requirement: Rapid antigen test at home is not sufficient. Antigen tests must be administered by a healthcare entity no more than 24 hours before arrival. However, PCR tests are valid if taken within 72 hours before arrival.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers: those selected for a random on-arrival test will no longer be required to quarantine while waiting on results.
  • Unvaccinated children traveling to Canada: No requirement of quarantine.
  • Unvaccinated travelers: Mandatory test on arrival and day eight of their 14 days quarantine.
  • There were no changes to the previous guidelines on molecular tests.
  • Use of the ArriveCAN application is mandated to submit all required COVID-19 information before crossing the border.

What do the Latest Travel Relaxations Mean to Apply for Canada Visa?

As Australia will reopen its borders to foreign travelers from February 21 nearly after two years, opportunities for immigration are on the rise.

In 2022 alone, Canada is expected to target about 56 per cent of the total target under the economic class pathways like Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program, Quebec Immigration, and more. The target is set to gradually increase in the next three years.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will let Canada Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) take the center stage in inviting more immigrants to apply for Canada visas in 2022. It is targeting to land about 83,500 newcomers via the PNP this year.

Canada is also targeting about 24 per cent of admissions (about 80,000) through the family class programs like the Spouses, Partners, and Children Program, and another 25,000 under the Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP).

The country had a good run last year even with much stricter travel restrictions. The latest relaxation in Canada travel requirements will only boost the projected targets to apply for a Canada visa.

Check out our previous blog>> Which Is Better: Canada vs Australia Immigration Points System for Foreign Skilled Workers?

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