In the second-longest running vaccination campaign in Canadian history, 68.9 per cent of Toronto employees were fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella as of November 12, according to the city’s health department.
According to a recent survey conducted by Statistics Canada, the English-speaking population in Canada was raised to a rate of 86.8 per cent of fully vaccinated employees. Not since 2001 had the rate been so high.
Ninety-two per cent of people in health departments across the country who aren’t supposed to work were fully vaccinated, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. But 88 per cent of employees working in Toronto public health departments were fully vaccinated.
The agency has had more success than many municipal government health departments, which have struggled to meet the city’s global health goals.
Toronto’s goal is to reach a 90 per cent vaccination rate by 2022, a good year for measles vaccinations in most countries.
Toronto has the highest number of babies who don’t get a vaccine before their first birthday, according to data collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The percentage of fully vaccinated public health employees in Toronto is higher than that of other North American cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, New York and Montreal.