If you’re wondering when to expect your COVID-19 vaccine, wonder no more.
A pair of young scientists in Ontario have devised an online calculator that tells people their place in line based on their age and whether they fall into any of the high-priority categories.
“I’m in line behind at least 12,217,781 Canadians who will need a COVID-19 vaccination before me, i.e., only after early July,” Jasmine Mah said in an email.
She and her friend, Steven Wooding, created the vaccine queue calculator as part of their Omni Calculator Project, based on national guidelines for vaccine priority. Those priorities are the template for most provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador.
When you punch in your data, the calculator shows you the minimum and maximum number of people in front of you, and a range of dates you might have to wait till you get your shot.
“Please remember that this calculator is based on the Canadian government's general priority guidance and does not take into consideration individual cases that might be exempt from this general prioritization,” the creators noted in a news release.
The calculator also doesn’t take into account the ratios of priority groups in different provinces. For example, Newfoundland and Labrador has a higher ratio of health-care workers and seniors, both of which are high-priority groups.
Barring those differences, a rough estimate of your place in line provincially is simply a matter of calculating 1.4 per cent of your result, i.e., multiplying your result by .014.
If Mah lived in Newfoundland, there would be about 170,00 people in front of her.
The vaccine queue calculator can be found online here.