Hamilton tied for lowest rate of fully vaccinated in Ontario

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hamilton Tied for the Worst of Ontario covid vaccination Emotion.

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provincial data Shows five public health units 74 percent Fully immunized with two doses of eligible residents – Hamilton, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Porcupine, and Renfrew County and District.

This compares to 78 percent for Ontario, while the top public health units are Leeds, Grenville and Lanark at 88 percent and Halton at 83 percent. Haldimand and Norfolk, which used to have the lowest rate, has now overtaken Hamilton with 75 percent.

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Dr. Adam Kassam, President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), said in a statement, “The modeling shows us that if we don’t fully vaccinate 90 percent of Ontario people soon, we could be facing many more of these brutal waves of infection.” months of risk.” September briefing. “We really have the ability to control our destiny.”

Hamilton gets no boost in COVID shots from announcement of impending vaccine passport Coming up on September 22 – the exact opposite of the province’s 29 percent jump.

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In fact, vaccination is falling here, with an average of 1,195 doses last week from September 6 to 12. This is compared to 1,498 from 30 August to 5 September and 1,510 from 23 August to 29 August. The passport was announced on 1 September.

It has now been two days in the city where doses fell below 700 for the first time since February – 681 on September 12 and 612 on September.

Dr Elizabeth Richardson, the medical officer for health, said in a statement Friday that public health aims to “get immunizations by visiting more places where people are and by leveraging strong relationships with community organizations.”

“We continue to focus efforts targeting those in the community who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 to remove barriers to access to a vaccine,” she said. “The hyperlocal approach includes dozens of mobile clinics in the coming weeks.”

have closed in favor of mass vaccination clinics COVID shots In apartment buildings, high-risk workplaces, schools and shopping areas.

A mobile clinic is returning to CF Lime Ridge on September 18 and 19 after a success at the mall over Labor Day weekend, when 500 doses were delivered Friday through Saturday.

The strategy also includes fall fairs, though. mobile clinic Appears only at Ancaster Fairgrounds at the Binbrook Fair on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Vaccination is the cornerstone of ending the acute phase of the pandemic,” said Dr Lawrence Loh, Peel’s area medical officer of health at the OMA briefing. “Ultimately what happens with this fourth wave is in the hands of all of us and it is in our arms.”

Hamilton has been Ontario’s hardest hit by the fourth wave so far, although COVID numbers are falling. Hamilton had the fourth highest COVID rate on Tuesday after Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Brent. However, the rate has dropped by 28 per cent in the past seven days, shows an analysis by epidemiologist Ahmed al-Jaishi.

Other key metrics have also fallen, with the average daily new cases being 45 on 12 September, compared to 80 on 31 August. Also, the weekly rate dropped from 94 to 53 per 100,000 population.

Cases are expected to rise again with children returning to school and driving gatherings indoors in cooler weather.

“The coming months will be challenging,” Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, said on Tuesday. “COVID-19 is not going away. The risk posed will continue throughout the fall and winter.”

The city reported two COVID deaths in the past two days – both seniors in their 60s – to bring the pandemic tally to 410.

Hamilton Health Sciences says uninfected COVID patients are straining health resources, especially at Hamilton General Hospital where surgeries have been cancelled.

In addition, two-thirds of Hamilton’s 316 active COVID cases are youth – people under 40 who are least likely to be vaccinated.

“Some young adults mistakenly believe they don’t need vaccines because they have a low risk of serious complications,” Kasam said.

“It’s absolutely important for people to understand that even if you’re young, you’re at risk of delta,” Loh said. “You may have a very good chance of getting mild illness but we are seeing in the United States … young individuals who are spending a lot of time in the hospital.”

with the second week of School Ongoing, one in three young people aged 12 to 24 are still not fully vaccinated with two doses.

One disturbing change is that children up to nine years old make up the group with the third most active cases in Hamilton – there is no vaccine for these children. The highest age group for active cases is in their 20s followed by those in their 30s.

“Adult vaccination rates will have a direct impact on keeping children safe,” Kasam said. “We want to build this firewall around the schools.”

Joanna Fruketich is a Hamilton-based reporter who covers health for The Spectator. Reach him via email: [email protected]

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