‘Very encouraging’: Only 0.15% of Canadians caught COVID-19 after getting vaccinated

New national data shows just how well COVID-19 vaccines are working to bring down the severity of the third wave in Canada.

Based on data provided by the provinces and territories up to May 25, only 0.15 per cent of vaccinated Canadians became infected by the virus 14 days or more after their first dose.

“Compared to unvaccinated cases in these jurisdictions, these people were more likely to report no symptoms and less likely to experience severe illness requiring hospitalization,” Theresa Tam, Canada’s top doctor, said at a federal COVID-19 briefing on Friday.

“This aligns well with vaccine effectiveness studies showing strong protection against severe illness.”