More than half of Canadians have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

More than half of the country has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Friday, roughly 18.75 million Canadians had been partially vaccinated, accounting for 49.3 per cent of the population.

With Ontario adding a record-setting 190,129 doses, and Quebec contributing more than 96,000, the country has surpassed the milestone just five months after vaccines were first rolled out.

The volunteer-run COVID-19 Tracker Canada is reporting a little over 19 million Canadians — roughly 50.04 per cent of the population — have been at least partially vaccinated.

Ontario administered 190,129 vaccine doses since its last daily update. That brings the total number of Ontarians who have received at least one dose to 7.41 million — roughly 50.2 per cent of the provincial population.

Richmond Hill’s Hadeer Moussa, who received her first dose on May 15, said she now feels safer “doing the simple things like going to the grocery store.”

“I take my time while I’m there now. I’m relieved that more people are getting vaccinated as the weather is getting warmer, meaning we’re likely going to have a ‘normal’ summer and I can feel safe seeing family and friends again.”

TORONTO STAR