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COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Please note, the methods used to calculate vaccination coverage rates have been updated. See the technical notes and definition page and the footnotes in the charts and tables for details​.

Summary

  • COVID-19 vaccinations with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine began in Simcoe Muskoka on December 22, 2020. Primary care teams in Simcoe Muskoka began administering the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on March 12th, 2021. COVID-19 vaccinations with the Moderna vaccine began in Simcoe Muskoka on March 15, 2021, while vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Janssen single dose COVID-19 vaccine and the Novavax Nuvaxovid COVID-19 vaccine began in the region on January 4, 2022 and April 12, 2022 respectively.
  • All Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH) in Simcoe Muskoka were surveyed in August 2021. The LTCHs were asked for the current vaccination status of their staff and residents. Approximately 90% of LTCH staff have had their first dose of vaccine and over 80% have had at least two doses. Over 95% of all LTCH residents have had at least two doses of vaccine.
  • Third doses of vaccine (also referred to as a booster dose) have been offered to all eligible residents of the 30 Long-Term Care Homes in Simcoe Muskoka, with approximately 3,330 residents receiving a third does. Third doses have also been offered to residents of Retirement Homes in Simcoe Muskoka with approximately 3,440 residents receiving a third dose.
  • Fourth doses are currently being administered to eligible LTCH residents with approximately 2,485 fourth dose administered to date. There have also been approximately 2,755 fourth doses administered to eligible Retirement Home residents in Simcoe Muskoka.
  • As of June 26, 2022, 503,718 (or 82%) of Simcoe Muskoka’s residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, with 487,445 (or 79%) of residents also receiving their second dose. There are currently 297,077 (48%) Simcoe Muskoka residents that have also received a third dose of vaccine. Eligibility and recommendations for third dose in Ontario are described in this document  available from the Ministry of Health. In addition 21,345 (48%) Simcoe Muskoka children ages 5 to 11 years have received their first dose of vaccine.
  • Pediatric first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have been administered to 23,309 (16 new doses administered since the last update) Simcoe Muskoka children five years of age and older.
  • Approximately 86% of Simcoe Muskoka residents 5 years of age and older have received at least one dose of vaccine, 83% have received at least two doses and 51% have received a third dose.
  • According to the most recent Public Health Ontario COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance Update (with data up to June 19th): 12,130,628 (or 82% of Ontario's population) have their primary series, which includes 12,128,690 (or 87%) of those five years of age and older.  Fifty per sent of the Ontario population have completed the primary series and received a booster, which includes more than 80% of those 70 years of age and older. The report estimates that 55% of children 5 to 11 years have had their first dose of vaccine and 41% have completed their primary series. Please note that the coverage estimates in this report are not directly comparable to the Simcoe Muskoka data presented on this page due to differences in how data is extracted from the central COVaxON database and different sources used to estimate the population.
  • The Government of Canada also publishes vaccine coverage at the national and provincial levels: https://health-infobase.canada.ca/covid-19/vaccination-coverage/.
  • In Ontario, unvaccinated individuals are now four times more likely to be in hospital and three times more likely to be a patient in the intensive care unit compared with people who are vaccinated. (Ontario COVID-19 Advisory Table. Ontario Dashboard).
  • A video developed by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit helps explain the number of vaccinated vs not-fully vaccinated patients in hospital from COVID-19: A Visualization of Ontario Hospitalization and ICU Admissions Due to COVID-19.

For more information about the vaccine roll-out in Simcoe Muskoka, visit SMDHU’s Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine as well as the provincial website.

COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage by Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage by Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

Cumulative Number of Individuals Vaccinated by Day, Simcoe Muskoka

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Vaccine Dose Administration
  • As of June 26, 2022 Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, in partnership with the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), regional health sector, municipal partnerships, and local primary care teams have administered 967,847 vaccine doses which includes approximately 10,470 first doses and 5,205 second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine administered by primary care teams in Simcoe Muskoka.
  • Local pharmacies have also administered approximately 23,555 first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 3,385 second doses, approximately 50,750 first doses, 83,940 second doses, 81,980 third doses and 37,225 fourth doses of Pfizer-BioNTech (both adult and pediatric) and approximately 17,845 first doses, 53,205 second doses and 33,040 third doses and 5,010 fourth doses of Moderna.
  • There have been 41,035 doses (including first, second and third doses) of the Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric vaccine administered in Simcoe Muskoka to date.
  • 184 doses of the J&J (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine and 233 doses of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Simcoe Muskoka to date.
  • There have been 308,365 third doses and 68,675 fourth doses administered in Simcoe Muskoka to eligible individuals base on the provincial recommendations.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Administered by Product in Simcoe Muskoka

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered per Day, in Simcoe Muskoka

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COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered per Day by Dose Number, in Simcoe Muskoka

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Vaccine Coverage by Geography
  • The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has adopted a more accurate process for assigning individuals to specific municipalities based on their postal code of residence.  Previously, municipalities were assigned using a method where each individual’s postal code could only be assigned to a single municipality. This works well for urban areas where postal codes are unique to a given municipality; however, in rural areas of Simcoe Muskoka, many postal codes span multiple municipalities.  When this occurs, the postal code was randomly assigned to one of the possible municipalities, resulting in certain municipalities having either higher or lower estimated vaccination coverage rates than they should.
  • Starting October 29, 2021, the assignment of postal codes now considers the municipalities’ population sizes and the proportion of each municipality’s population that it contributes to the overall population of each postal code’s catchment area. For example, if one postal code is associated with two municipalities but 90% of the population live in municipality ‘A’ and 10% live in municipality ‘B’ - there is a 90% chance the individual will be assigned to municipality A. This new allocation process will have little to no impact on urban areas but will greatly improve the accuracy for rural areas.
  • Simcoe Muskoka has one designated hot spot community in Bradford West Gwillimbury that has been prioritized to receive additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine and earlier lowering of the age of eligibility. Prior to being designated a hot spot community, Bradford West Gwillimbury had substantially lower coverage for COVID-19 vaccinations when compared with the rest of Simcoe Muskoka; however, the coverage rate among Bradford residents is now similar to the rest of Simcoe Muskoka.

COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage by Municipality among Simcoe Muskoka Adults 5 Years and Older

COVID-19 Third Dose Vaccine Coverage by Municipality among Simcoe Muskoka Adults 12 Years and Older

COVID-19 Dose 1 Vaccine Coverage by Municipality and Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

COVID-19 Dose 2 Vaccine Coverage by Municipality and Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

COVID-19 Dose 3 Vaccine Coverage by Municipality and Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

COVID-19 Dose 4 Vaccine Coverage by Municipality and Age Group among Simcoe Muskoka Residents

Sociodemographic Distribution
  • COVID-19 vaccine coverage rates are higher among females when compared with males in Simcoe Muskoka. The reasons for this are not currently certain; however, this difference is present across most adult age-groups.
  • Socioeconomic position, race and ethnicity are factors that can put people at increased risk for COVID-19 infection and severity. It also appears that these same groups are experiencing barriers regarding vaccination coverage. This may be due to disadvantage caused by systemic racism and discrimination, working or living conditions, and/or inequitable access to health care and social services.
  • Data up to June 19th provided by Public Health Ontario shows the coverage rate for the first, second and third doses of COVID-19 vaccines among Simcoe Muskoka eligible population 5 years and older is over 5% higher among those living in areas with the least material deprivation (i.e. the most well-resourced/well-off) when compared with those living in areas with the most material deprivation.
  • Data up to June 19th shows similar vaccine coverage rates among the population 5 years and older for first and second doses across all ethno-cultural diversity areas; however, coverage for booster doses is 18% higher in areas with the least diversity when compared with areas with the most diversity.  
  • This analysis was conducted by looking at specific geographic areas and the groups of people living within them to determine COVID-19 vaccine coverage of sub-populations. This is called an area-based analysis and it describes where people live but may not reflect the experience of all individuals living in these areas. It serves as a proxy to explain the individual experience. Deprivation and diversity are based on the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index.

 

Simcoe Muskoka Vaccine Coverage, by Gender and Age Group

Simcoe Muskoka Population (5+) Vaccine Coverage, by Material Deprivation, Area-based Analysis

Simcoe Muskoka Population (5+) Vaccine Coverage, by Ethno-CulturalDiversity, Area-based Analysis

Technical Notes and Definitions

Please see Technical Notes and Definitions here.

Page Last Modified: June 28, 2022