As COVID-19 cases decline and restrictions ease across the country, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer still urges young Canadians to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done in order to keep infections at bay.
âVaccination is necessary for all eligible ages – with cases still highest among those under 40 in Canada,â Dr. Theresa Tam tweeted Sunday.
âVaccine coverage in younger age groups can have a big impact on controlling COVID-19 in all communities. “
Health officials across the country note that young adults and youth are lagging behind other immunization demographics.
For example, among Ontarians aged 19 to 29 who contracted COVID-19 in the past three months, 96% were not vaccinated, said Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore.
Of those who tested positive in the 12-17 age group, 99% were not vaccinated.
“This age group is shrinking with a higher disease rate than other age groups in Ontario,” said Moore, adding that young Ontarians will be a “key target” in the vaccination campaign.
“They are a key measure, because they are the ones who will go to high schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, and potentially, unwittingly, if they are carriers of the virus without symptoms, spread it in these. environments. “
Similar trends are observed in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
Canada’s vaccination rate is among the highest in the world – with nearly 70 percent of the country having received at least one injection and 48.8 percent fully vaccinated – but it is starting to slow as the pool of people search for a first or second dose decreases
The number of unvaccinated Canadians is roughly equivalent to that of all people living in the metropolitan areas of Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Quebec combined.
Experts agree more people need to get vaccinated to prevent another pandemic resurgence with devastating consequences. The challenge now is to facilitate access and convince hesitant Canadians to roll up their sleeves, experts say
After a blitz in April and May, the number of new first doses administered has been well below 100,000 per day since June 16. This means that it would take months to immunize other resistant at the current rate.
What’s happening across Canada
As of 2:45 p.m. ET Sunday, Canada had reported 1,423,141 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 4,694 were considered active. The COVID-19 death toll in the country stood at 26,499. More than 45 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country to date, according to a CBC News tally.
British Columbia, which lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Canada Day, is expected to further ease measures for long-term care homes. Starting Monday, visitors will no longer need to plan their visits in advance, and there will no longer be a limit on the number of visitors each resident can have, provided visitors are fully vaccinated.
In Alberta, 74.2 percent of eligible residents received at least one vaccine injection and 57.65 percent received both. Elsewhere in the Prairies, Manitoba recorded 44 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death on Sunday.
Ontario recorded 177 other cases and six related deaths. The province also announced that it has now administered more than 18 million doses of the vaccine.
In Quebec, the province is running a $ 2 million cash and scholarship lottery to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Prince Edward Island marks its first day of letting fully vaccinated Canadians in from outside the Maritimes without needing to self-isolate after arriving on the island. The province currently has no known active cases of COVID-19.
New Brunswick reported a new case on Sunday, while New Scotland reported three.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the number of active cases stood at 46, almost all aboard two ships anchored in Conception Bay.
In the North, the territories continue to dominate the country in percentage of eligible residents fully immunized, which stands at 81.5% in Yukon, 77.3 percent in the Northwest Territories and 63 percent in Nunavut.
What is happening in the world
As of Sunday, more than 190.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, according to a tool based in the United States. Johns Hopkins University, who has collected coronavirus data from countries around the world. The reported death toll stood at over four million.
In Asia, the Vietnamese government has put the entire southern region in a two-week lockdown from midnight. Officials say they must act as the number of infections has reached nearly 50,000 since the outbreak re-emerged in late April after several months without any recorded cases.
In the Americas, residents of Los Angeles County – the largest county in the United States – are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their immunization status, as health officials hope the mandate will overthrow the remaining peaks in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
In Europe, the daily number of new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections is increasing in Italy. Health experts say it’s clear that nationwide celebrations by Italian fans after European Championship football matches are a big factor.
In Africa, health officials warn cases on the rise in Senegal as millions in the West African country prepare for the Tabaski holiday. President Macky Sall and his cabinet are limiting public gatherings and travel and urging the public to continue to wear masks and to frequently disinfect their hands.