The connection is clear: 41% of women and 36% of all Canadians who have died with Covid-19 had a diagnosis of dementia, making it the single most common comorbidity associated with Covid-19 deaths in Canada. Age is a dominant risk factor associated with both dementia and Covid-19: 94% of Canadians who died with Covid-19 last year were seniors, and one in four Canadians over the age of 85 lives with dementia.
People with dementia are at higher risk of death associated with Covid-19, whether they live at home or in long-term care. With a stable and growing supply of vaccines, Ontario is now able to start rolling out second doses faster and more widely. People with dementia who live at home need to be as safe as possible, as quickly as possible.
Ontario must act now to fully inoculate this vulnerable population, and those who care for them. Administering second doses based on when someone received their first dose isn't enough: many Ontarians with dementia faced barriers accessing a vaccination clinic for their first appointment, and it could be months before they have the best possible protection from Covid-19 under the province's current plan.
Premier Ford and Dr. David Williams, act now to protect those most at risk:
Add your name. People with dementia, regardless of where they live, need to be protected, and speeding up the administration of second shots is one of the best ways to do that.