Coronavirus vaccinations in Ontario long term care homes saved hundreds of lives: report

Science experts advising the Ontario government say COVID-19 vaccinations in the province’s long-term care homes have saved hundreds of lives and prevented thousands of infections.

The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table presented the findings in a report published today.

The report says eight weeks after vaccinations began in December, COVID-19 infections were reduced by 89 per cent among long-term care residents and by 79 per cent in workers.

Deaths from COVID-19 among long-term care residents were reduced by 96 per cent over the same period.

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The report says vaccinations prevented more than 2,600 infections, 250 hospitalizations and 615 deaths.

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It notes that strong public health measures implemented in December and January worked along with vaccinations to prevent infections.

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