The world has changed drastically. Why aren’t adult vaccination efforts keeping pace?
Two years ago, no one could have predicted we’d be facing a global health crisis the likes of which hasn’t been witnessed in nearly a century.
When we released the first edition of this report card in Winter 2021 it was to create, for the first time, a clear and easily comparable snapshot of adult vaccinations in Canada–provincial and territorial governments needed to see a clear picture of the problems plaguing adult vaccination in Canada, and they needed to see it now.
Adult Canadians are under-vaccinated against preventable diseases like seasonal influenza, shingles and pneumonia (all of which can cause life-threatening and longstanding outcomes).
The writing is on the wall: improve the way we immunize older Canadians or they will continue to pay with their lives.
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This year’s findings paint a dismal picture. Despite improvements in some jurisdictions, older Canadians continue to be at-risk of being infected with vaccine-preventable illnesses. The national average score of D- hasn’t changed since the 2020-2021 report, indicating a disappointing suspension of progress in protecting seniors.
- The average overall grade across provinces and territories was F.
- Not one province/territory has updated its supply or guidance documentation to reflect NACI’s guidelines for pneumonia vaccines.
- The highest-performing province/territory was Prince Edward Island.
- The Yukon Territory, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec are the only provinces to fund the recommended shingles vaccine.