But health officials are concerned that people are letting their guard down with other protective measures as the more contagious variants spread.
Njoo said that includes 60 per cent of people older than 80 and 19 per cent between 70 and 79.
Fortin said there's no indication that shipments of vaccine to Canada from India will be delayed, but added those discussions are ongoing.
Gov. Tim Walz on Friday is expected to expand vaccine eligibility to all Minnesotans 16 and older next week following a promised increase in weekly doses from the federal government early next month.
According to DSHS data, 9,319,666 vaccine doses have been administered in Texas as of March 22, which shakes out to more than 6.3 million with at least one dose and nearly 3.2 million who are fully vaccinated.
Canada has received 5.9 million vaccine doses so far and expects to get 3.2 million next week, including from Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca Plc from the U.S. and the rescheduled Moderna shipment. Out of which, 14,07,520 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,12,591 Health Care Workers and Front Line Workers received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.
To date, Canada has seen 951,562 COVID-19 cases and 22,790 virus-related deaths.
Health officials in New Brunswick are imposing circuit-breaker measures in an effort to contain an outbreak of the infection in the province's northwest.
"The NFL and the NFL Players' Association have no intention of making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for players, coaches or staff", Sills told the NFL Network. "Now, it's time to get as many Minnesotans vaccinated as quickly as possible to end this pandemic".
In Nova Scotia, there were four additional cases, including two related to travel, for a total of 25.
The cumulative number of cases reached 1,18,46,652 including 4,21,066 active cases and 1,60,949 deaths. Of these, Maharashtra has reported 31,855 new cases followed by Punjab with 2,613 while Kerala reported 2,456 new cases.
The modelling shows that COVID-19 variants are increasing "rapidly" in several areas across the country.
- With files from Kevin Bissett in Fredericton and Laura Dhillon Kane in Vancouver.