COVID-19 vaccines at a glanceAs of February 18, 1,538,860 doses have been distributed, 1,328,457 doses have been administered and at least 342,536 people have been fully vaccinated. That’s about X% of Canada’s population.
the end of September.
Early on, Canada’s government set high expectations for its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but it hit hard realities in early January: Slower and smaller deliveries meant fewer vaccinations, and inoculation rates stalled as dozens of other countries surged ahead. Despite the faltering start, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada is through the uncertain period and he’s optimistic the country will beat its September deadline for all eligible people to be fully vaccinated. So far Health Canada has only approved use of the shots for people who are 16 and older.
Getting shots into Canadians’ arms requires co-ordination at the federal, provincial, territorial and local levels. Ottawa is responsible for buying vaccines and distributing shots among provinces and territories, whose governments and health agencies are responsible for making sure shots are administered. Provinces and territories also determine the priority groups and when different groups and age brackets will take their turns.
The Globe is tracking the available and administered shots across Canada, so Canadians can have a detailed look at how things are going where they live.
What is Canada’s vaccine delivery schedule?
The Trudeau government negotiated quarterly delivery schedules in its vaccine contracts. Based on those deals, it set targets for how many people will be vaccinated by the end of March and end of June and set the finish line for the end of September.
Latest forecastThe federal government is expecting to have doses of vaccine delivered by . of which would be Pfizer, and Moderna
How much of the current supply has been administered?
Three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada – AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer – require two doses. The fourth, Johnson & Johnson’s, is a single shot. In the first few months of the rollout, governments set different rules for how long Canadians can wait between shots; some were holding back more booster shots than others to ensure as many people as possible got their first doses. In March, new national advice significantly extended the recommended time between shots and it’s expected to significantly speed up the number of people who get the first shot. Some provinces have also had less efficient rollouts based on how prepared their IT systems and other infrastructure were.
How do the provinces and territories compare?
Ottawa has a per-capita formula for distributing drugs, but in the first phase of the rollout it sent more shots per capita to the territories in order to protect people in remote communities. Once provinces and territories get doses, each has its own plans for distributing them. In some cases, there are even more differences at the local level. For example, in Ontario local health units have broad responsibility to organize their own rollouts, so they may deliver the shots at different rates and to different priority groups.
Administered rate by ProvinceIn Canada there have been about 5 doses administered for every 100 people, with the rate varying across provinces and territories
How does Canada’s vaccine rollout compare with other countries?
In the first phase of its vaccine rollout, Canada lagged all of its G7 partners except Japan. Generally, the seven countries were relying on the same vaccines. And while Britain approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot months before Canada, earlier authorization from Health Canada wouldn’t have changed deliveries from AstraZeneca, which are only expected after March. Canada also trailed developing countries. That’s in part because they are using shots that are not being considered in Canada, such as the Russian-made Sputnik V and Chinese-made CoronaVac.
Vaccination rates among G7 countriesCountry leads G7 countries with doses administered per hundred people, while Canada ranks 6th.
World comparisonA look at where Canada's vaccination progress sits among the world's most populous countries
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In the meantime, what should I do to stay safe from COVID-19?
Whether you’ve had the vaccine already or are still waiting your turn, it’s more important than ever to follow public-health guidance to prevent the spread of the virus, which has developed new and more contagious variants in recent months. Here are some of The Globe and Mail’s key resources to stay informed and stay safe.
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