A Cautionary Tale: Canada's COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for Older Canadians

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Canada's lack of national coordination, inconsistent prioritization of older Canadians, and failure to focus on speed in its provincial COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, cost potentially hundreds of older lives across the country. Between April and June 2021 alone, the deaths of more than 350 older adults in Ontario could have been prevented with earlier administration of second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

A new report published by the National Institute on Ageing (NIA) — A Cautionary Tale: Canada’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for Older Canadians — shows that well-planned, comprehensive vaccine rollout plans save lives. And we can start applying these lessons in Canada today and in other countries around the world where COVID-19 vaccine rollouts are underway or have yet to begin.

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