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COVID-19 vaccines at a glance

As 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.
Total doses administered
Vaccinations completed
* Total number of people calculated based on two-dose shots from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca and single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson.
The government says at least 100 million doses will be delivered to Canada by 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, Canada has caught up and since April rapidly sped up its vaccination campaign. The key to the change was the negotiation of larger and earlier deliveries of vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country will have enough vaccines to fully inoculate all eligible people by the end of July. So far Health Canada has approved shots for people 12 and older.

The federal government is responsible for buying and distributing the doses and the provinces and territories are responsible for administering the shots. 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.

How do the provinces and territories compare?

Ottawa has a per-capita formula for distributing the vaccines, 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.

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Daily change

In , the current 7 day moving average of daily vaccine doses administered is
Daily doses of vaccine adminstered
Source: Provincial governments

The federal, provincial, and territorial governments have all tied the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to varying vaccination coverage targets. Some, like Alberta, have set much lower targets than those recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada. In its June modelling it said to safely lift all restrictions Canada needs to hit more than 80 per cent full vaccination coverage among eligible people.

Provincial comparison

% of all Canadians have received at least one dose of vaccine and % have been fully vaccinated. To be fully vaccinated, two doses are required per person.
All Eligible (12+)
Fully Vaccinated At least one dose

Age and gender

% of Canadians are fully vaccinated and another % are partially vaccinated. Here is the breakdown by age group* who are partially vaccinated.
Partially vaccinated Fully vaccinated
Male Female

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. It beat its June target and is expected to surpass its September target as well.

Latest forecast

The federal government is expecting to have doses of vaccine delivered by . of which would be Pfizer, and Moderna
Doses of vaccine
Note: *AstraZeneca refers to two versions of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca - Covishield made by the Serum Institute of India. Canada is buying the shots through multiple contracts.
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada

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, but so far it’s not being used in Canada. In the context of limited supply early in the rollout, the national advice to provinces and territories was to increase the interval between shots to as much as 16 weeks (depending on the shot the manufacturer recommendation was a three or four week interval). Health officials and disease modellers say the change saved lives because more people were at least partially covered, but now that supply is increasing, provinces are starting to shorten the interval between the shots.

Supply used

has administered of available doses. of those were second doses.
Provinces may report administering more than 100% of available doses. This overage is due to efficiencies in drawing extra doses from vials of vaccine and/or a lag in reporting when new shipments of vaccine are distributed.
Source: Public Health Agency of Canada; Provincial Governments; CCODWG

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. Now though Canada is ahead of many of its international allies. 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. Early on, 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 countries

Country leads G7 countries with doses administered per hundred people.
Total vaccines administered per 100 people
Source: Our World In Data

World comparison

A look at where Canada's vaccination progress sits among the world's most populous countries
Vaccines administered among countries with a population of 1 million or more people
# Country Doses administered Fully vaccinated people per 100 pop. Doses per 100 people
Source: Our World In Data

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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