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When can you expect your COVID-19 vaccine? A new online tool helps answer the question

Last Updated Jan 14, 2021 at 2:18 pm EDT

A healthcare worker is inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, Fla. Ninety residents and 80 staff members received their second shot of the vaccine Wednesday and 50 new staff members received their first round of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

When can Canadians expect to get vaccinated? A new calculator is trying to answer that question.

The online tool is offering an educated guess as to when Canadian residents can expect to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The ‘Vaccine Queue Calculator’ is based on the national guidelines priority list released by the federal government and was created by University of Guelph graduate, Jasmine Mah, with the help of U.K. physicist Steven Wooding.

It uses factors such as a person’s age, job, location and exposure to vulnerable people to come up with an estimated date range for when someone might be rolling up their sleeve.

The results give individuals the minimum and the maximum number of people in front of them in the vaccine queue. It also shows the range of dates that one might have to wait until before they get their first and second doses.

Mah says she hopes the tool will help people realize that we still have a long way to go in the pandemic and to not let their guard down.

“I think people might be a little too over optimistic,” Mah tells the Toronto Star. “Yes, vaccines have been approved but we still have a ways to go.”

While warning of “turbulent waters” over the next several months ahead of new COVID-19 modelling data scheduled to be released on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford urged Ontarians to stick together and said it will be late spring before mass vaccination is available in the province.

Calculate when you might be able to get the vaccine below:

Vaccine Queue Calculator for Canada