Canadian health officials warn of an “urgent need” to vaccinate young people.


With another wave of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on the rise in parts of Canada, the Public Health Agency is urging young people, a demographic left behind in the country’s vaccination drive, to roll up their sleeves.

In a new analysis released on Friday,Public Health Canada said there was an “urgent need” to increase vaccinations among Canadians aged 18 to 39 to reduce the risk of hospitals becoming overcrowded. He noted that there was an immediate “opportunity” to slow transmission.

Sixty-eight percent of Canadians have been fully vaccinated, and 75 percent have received at least one dose, according to the New York Times. Database. By comparison, only 53 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated and 62 percent have received at least one dose.

Among eligible Canadians, ages 12 and older, 77 percent have been fully vaccinated. However, the rate is much lower for people in their twenties and thirties. Health officials say about 63 percent of people ages 18 to 29 have received both doses, while 68 percent of adults in their 30s have received full vaccinations.

As in other countries, the highly contagious delta variant has led to an increase in cases and hospitalizations in Canada in recent weeks. On Thursday, the seven-day average of new cases in Canada was 3,489, up 56 percent from the previous two weeks, according to the Times database. Deaths rose 8 percent over the same period.

The country’s director of public health, Dr Theresa Tam, said hospitalization was also up by 34 per cent over the past week and was dominated by non-vaccinated patients. statment.

The agency’s model showed that the upward trend could rise to more than 15,000 cases per day by October if vaccination rates do not rise. But the agency said the increase in cases could also be curbed if other public health measures were successful in reducing transmission by 25 percent.

Some counties can achieve this by restricting access to a number of public places for fully vaccinated people. Quebec and Manitoba started Vaccine passport systems This week, individuals are required to provide electronic or physical proof of vaccination to enter certain venues, including restaurants. British Columbia and Ontario are set to impose similar restrictions later this month.

On Wednesday, the Ontario government announced the vaccine passport system. The next day, bookings for people seeking injections more than doubled, Regional Health Minister Christine Elliott, He said on Twitter. “Today we are already seeing thousands more Ontarians roll up their sleeves, nearly half of whom are receiving their first dose,” she said.

Other counties went in a different direction.

Alberta, which does not have a passport-vaccine system, on Friday reinstated inner mask requirements and Advertise a cash incentive $100 CAD on a prepaid debit card for people over 18 who have been vaccinated by October 14. It was also awarded the second district out of three Lottery Prizes 1 million Canadian dollars each to stimulate vaccination, and dozens of other smaller prizes. according to National public health data.

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