As provinces and territories begin their COVID-19 vaccination programs, Postmedia is tracking every dose administered, using data from the COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group.
The federal government, whose role is to authorize and purchase vaccines then deliver them to the provinces, plans to make vaccines available to every Canadian this year. For now, priority will go to high-risk populations.
Health Canada has currently received authorization requests for vaccines from four companies, two of which — the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines — have already been approved and are being used to vaccinate Canadians right now.
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses, taken several weeks apart, for full efficacy, which both companies say is 95 per cent. Most of the first vaccines went to front-line medical workers and nursing home residents.
Getting the vaccines into the arms of as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, presents tremendous logistical challenges, however, and the start of the vaccine rollout has gone slower than many had hoped. Despite receiving the first round of vaccines in mid-December, vaccination rates in Canada lag behind many countries, including the U.S.