In a report to Ontario’s Minister of Health, Toronto’s director of geriatric medicine Terry Barrett reported that 88 per cent of City of Toronto employees are vaccinated, with more than 50 per cent of the non-billed call-back rate for full shots. About 11 per cent are not vaccinated. In the medical practice realm, greater than 95 per cent of employees completed their respective vaccination requirements.
Barrett emphasized a number of factors that contributed to Toronto’s vaccine uptake, including “continued media coverage of the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic in 2009, success of media campaigns, and the introduction of employee immunization cards” for the H1N1 and vaccine requirements.
The report also points to the high level of support for both vaccination programs within the City of Toronto’s services divisions. Employees further received information from City staff on measles and mumps, which if caught can potentially lead to encephalitis or meningitis.
The report also notes the City’s “customer satisfaction index,” which finds it to be, according to the 2017 Ford 8 Bureau of Performance Evaluation, “on par with or slightly above the provincial average for energy.” The report states, “Barrett also acknowledged that he did not have sufficient data to evaluate the approval of the Nestlé application, but noted that it is the number one beverage in terms of dollar value being sold in Toronto.”