If Older Canadians Want a COVID-19 Vaccine, Why Is Canada Struggling to Get Them Vaccinated?

National Institute on Ageing
Description / Summary

Over the past year, Canada has recorded over 1 million cases of COVID-19 and 23,000 deaths. More than 95% of these fatalities have occurred among Canadians aged 60 and older. Canadians have been confronted daily with stories and images of the mounting death toll in long-term care settings, most notably when the Canadian military was called upon in spring 2020 to staff LTC homes in Ontario and Quebec. Canada is now in the midst of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, with provinces and territories racing to achieve population-level herd immunity. In the face of logistical constraints, such as limited and staggered arrivals of vaccine supply, provincial and territorial governments have had to make decisions about which groups in their populations should be prioritized for vaccination.