As another wave of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rises in parts of Canada, the public health agency urges young people, demographics lagging behind in national vaccination campaigns, to roll up their sleeves. I am.
In a new analysis released Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said there was an “urgent need” to increase vaccinations among Canadians between the ages of 18 and 39 to reduce the risk of hospital overwhelming. Said. Note that there was an immediate “window of opportunity” to delay the transmission.
According to the New York Times database, 68% of all Canadians are fully vaccinated and 75% are vaccinated at least once. By comparison, only 53% of Americans are fully vaccinated and 62% are vaccinated at least once.
Of the Canadians aged 12 and over who are vaccinated, 77% are fully vaccinated. However, the percentage of people in their 20s and 30s is much lower. According to health officials, about 63% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 are vaccinated with both, and 68% of adults in their 30s are fully vaccinated.
Like other countries, highly contagious delta variants have caused cases and hospitalizations in Canada in recent weeks. According to the Times database, the seven-day average for new Canadian cases on Thursday was 3,489, an increase of 56% over two weeks ago. Deaths increased by 8% over the same period.
Dr. Teresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, said in a statement that hospitalizations also increased by 34% last week, with the majority of unvaccinated patients.
If vaccination rates do not rise, the upward trend could rise to more than 15,000 cases a day by October, the agency’s modeling showed. However, if other public health measures succeed in reducing infections by 25%, the increase in cases could be curtailed, the agency said.
In some states, this can be achieved by limiting access to many public facilities to fully vaccinated ones. Both Quebec and Manitoba launched the vaccine passport system this week, requiring individuals to present electronic or physical proof of vaccination in order to enter certain locations, including restaurants. British Columbia and Ontario will impose similar restrictions later this month.
The Ontario government announced a vaccine passport system on Wednesday. The next day, bookings by people seeking more than double shots, State Health Minister Christine Elliott, Said on twitter.. “Today we have already seen thousands of Ontarians rolling up their sleeves, almost half of whom are taking their first dose,” she said.
Other states are moving in the other direction.
Alberta, which does not have a vaccine passport system, reinstated the requirement for indoor masks on Friday with a cash incentive of $ 100 CAD with a prepaid debit card for people over the age of 18 vaccinated by October 14. Announced. The second of three lottery awards, each $ 1 million to promote inoculation, and dozens of other smaller awards. According to national public health data, the state has the highest incidence of the most active coronavirus in the country.