As 2021 was coming to an end, we saw a steady decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases, and mortalities. As vaccination rates in Canada rose to 70%+, most would say the decrease in cases was correlated to the vaccinations. However, once 2022 started, there was a huge outbreak in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. With vaccinations continuing to rise while cases rose, the question had to be asked, are the vaccines working? What outlier is causing the rise in cases while as of December 6, 2021, 80% of Canadians were fully vaccinated? Something isn’t adding up.
As you can see in the chart below, as of Dec 1, 2022, the 7-day average of positive tests was sitting at 3.4%. That’s 3,000 positive tests out of 86,644 tests taken. Hospitalizations were at 1,538 with 470 in intensive care, based on the 7-day average and full vaccination rates were at 76.4%, Canada wide. Looking at the statistics, it seems that the vaccinations were playing a large role in the decline of cases and hospitalizations.
However, moving into 2022, the statistics started to change at a drastic rate. As of January 3, 2022, positive cases rose to 37,692 out of 89,958, which is 38.5% higher than the preceding month. Looking at hospitalizations, by Jan 27, 202210,670 people were hospitalized with 1,217 in intensive care. Vaccinations during this time period were at 84.9% and still climbing. Clearly this proves that the vaccine wasn’t doing enough to prevent the spread of the virus and from people getting infected.
With the following statistics it’s evident that the vaccine isn’t as effective as the government and Pfizer deem it to be. With outbreaks still occurring while the vast majority of Canadians are vaccinated, it shows that you are still able to spread the virus and contract it even though you’re vaccinated. The Omicron outbreak definitely played a role in the increase of cases. However, as we now know, the COVID-19 vaccine does not help prevent Omicron. The COVID-19 variant has properties of its own that don’t work with the current vaccine.