Vaccine Rollout News For March And Beyond

Vaccine Rollout News For March And Beyond

After a bevy of hiccups and complications, the vaccine rollout is now in full swing in Canada. What does this mean for Ontario residents still facing lockdown measures in certain parts of the province? At the moment, it’s too early to tell what the government has in store, but Ontario premier Doug Ford has shown no definitive signs of re-opening the same way as States within the U.S. are currently doing. It’s important to understand where Canadians are regarding the Covid-19 vaccination plan at the current moment. As of right now, this is where we stand.

 

Ontario is ramping up Covid-19 testing as the vaccines continue to be administered. In the space of a 24 hour period between March 10 and 11, over 6,000 new tests were added, for a grand total of 60,619. This signals a boost in how accurately we can receive news regarding Covid-19, and its current infection status. In the last week, the province has seen a positivity rate of 3.7% percent, which has since dropped to 2.4% percent on March 11th.

 

When it comes to vaccine delivery in Ontario, the province just broke the 1 million mark, with a total of 281,714 people receiving full vaccination status. The province has a population of about 14 million people, which means there’s still a long way to go to hit the desired 85% vaccinated status rate. 

 

On the national front, the Canadian government has dropped some numbers regarding vaccination rates for the country on their health infobase site, which updates every Friday. As of March 5th, they claim at least 3.63% of the population has received at least one of the two recommended doses of the vaccine, and 1.42% of the population has received two doses. Of that amount, almost 20% of adults 80 or older have received the vaccine, and 52.8% of healthcare workers identified as priority cases have been vaccinated. Further, 85.29% of adults living in group-oriented senior settings have received at least one dose.

 

This is good news for many reasons. First, the elderly are considered the primary at-risk group for Covid, while healthcare workers are exposed to Covid more frequently than regular citizens. By prioritizing these two groups, the Canadian government is taking proper steps to vaccinate those most at risk, before trickling down into lower age groups, who are not at risk. It’s important to remember that young children and teenagers are least at risk to contract Covid, with a fraction of cases resulting in serious symptoms and/or death. That number increases through the next few age groups, with those directly under 65 bearing a risk somewhere around 2.5% to 1.5% of contracting the virus.

 

If you’re in a higher risk age group, take note that you are being prioritized for your own safety. This is excellent news for those who want to vaccinate against Covid-19, so they can get back to living out their golden years and spending time with their families. The sooner this demographic is vaccinated, the quicker we can move onto less-risk categories. The combination of reduced risk with less urgent scheduling will mean an easier transition period out of the pandemic.

 

So, while Canada does have a long way to go, we are getting there. Production of vaccines and administering will both need to be ramped up if Ontario Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hopes to meet his goal of vaccinating the country by September of this year. Make sure to check back to our blog for more information on all things related to the Covid vaccine, so you can stay informed.