Online vaccine calculator gives ballpark idea on wait time as local health unit works through priority groups

Online calculator not an official estimate, but based on key factors

An online COVID vaccine calculator is giving Canadians a ballpark idea of when to expect access to vaccination, but it’s not an exact science.

Omni Calculator, a Polish start-up specializing in custom-built calculators, has created the Vaccine Queue Calculator for Canada. Enter some general information about yourself, and it will let you know a general idea of when to expect your COVID-19 vaccine, along with an estimate of how many people are ahead of you in line. The calculator assumes all vaccines are approved on schedule and there are no other delays.

For example, a 39-year-old reporter with Barrie 360, who is not pregnant, a member of an Indigenous community, or live in a group setting could expect to receive their required doses of a vaccine by mid-May to early June of this year. There would be between 5,146,151 and 11,704,258 people who would take priority in this situation. The calculator does not yet allow for those with chronic medical conditions as outlined in the province’s first phase of its three-phase inoculation program.

Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit says the local effort will mirror the provincial vaccination plan, and first focus on residents and staff of long-term care. facilities. “We have to work with the supply we have to work through those groups. And we have every intention moving on and then protecting other groups as well,” said Gardner during his regular weekly media briefing on Tuesday. “Through the course of time, as the vaccine becomes more and more plentiful. We will broaden out the provision of vaccine eventually to the entire community.”

“The province’s intention is that everybody who’s eligible for the vaccine, who would want a vaccine, would have received it by August, and we have every intention of working with that timeline,” he added.