Northwestern Winnipeg Neighborhoods Claim Vaccine Hotspot Designation

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<p> Epidemiologist Cynthia Carr said the vaccination effort should now focus on those most at risk of infection, those with severe outcomes, and in particular, when these two groups overlap. </p>
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<p>Epidemiologist Cynthia Carr said the vaccination effort should now focus on those most at risk of infection, those with severe outcomes, and in particular, when these two groups overlap.</p>
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<p>A shift to adult immunization based on transmission in communities could be an effective way to slow the spread of ‘vulnerability to exposure’ to those who are ‘vulnerable to health’ and to reduce hospitalizations in the community. general, said Carr, founder of Winnipeg-based EPI Research Inc.  .            </p>
<p>Throughout the pandemic, Seven Oaks has been at the top of the list of neighborhoods that have had a significant number of cases;  notably, approximately 35 percent of the district’s population identifies as a visible minority and 9 percent as Aboriginal.           </p>
<p>Provincial data shows COVID-19 infection rates are higher among Indigenous, Filipino, African and South Asian residents of Manitoba.  The province’s recent report “COVID-19 by Race, Ethnicity and Indigeneity” suggests this is because these groups are over-represented in critical work areas.           </p>
<p>However, transmission rates alone cannot be the only indicator of vaccine priority.  Outbreaks or clusters associated with a specific region or environment, such as a workplace, may also be useful in guiding vaccination efforts to mitigate the third wave of COVID-19.            </p>
<p>The number of people hospitalized or died from COVID-19 in an area should also be a key factor when prioritizing communities, Carr said.          </p>
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Adults who live in the neighborhoods of Inkster, Seven Oaks and St. Vital or have frontline jobs in these communities may soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine – if the province chooses hot spots based on load current work in the capital.

Manitoba has announced plans to expand immunization criteria to include all first responders and residents 18 years of age and older in designated areas with high transmission rates, as well as people who have “roles. frontline and specific audience contact ”in these locations.

Although the province has used teachers as an example of eligible employees, details on jobs and hot spots will be announced on Wednesday.

If active cases per capita are any indication, residents of The Pas, Thompson and the northwest corner of Winnipeg will be next.

The health districts of northern Manitoba are currently among the 11 most populous regions per 100,000 population, but widespread immunization efforts among adults in most of these communities are already underway because they are First Nations or not. proximity to them.

The Pas and Thompson are the last of the two northern districts with a high number of cases.

In Winnipeg, Seven Oaks and River East have the most active cases – a total of 88 each.

Inkster, Seven Oaks and St. Vital have the highest number of cases per capita. These last three rank respectively 12th, 13th and 14th according to the number of cases per 100,000.

Epidemiologist Cynthia Carr said the vaccination effort should now focus on those most at risk of infection, those with severe outcomes, and in particular, when these two groups overlap.

“The government must act now to ensure that schools are not overwhelmed with cases, variations or otherwise, and that we are faced with the same situation as Ontario today. – Nathan Martindale, Vice President of MTS

She added, “Which of these districts has the worst results? Because that says more than just the number of cases. I would watch both. ”

Meanwhile, many organizations, each with unique arguments, continue to lobby the province to expand the criteria for their members.

While leaders of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society called the latest eligibility announcement a “good start,” the union renews its calls to prioritize public school teachers – as well as all school employees, including including teaching assistants and guards – in the deployment.

“The government must act now to ensure that schools are not overwhelmed with cases, variations or the like, and that we do not face the same situation as Ontario today,” said Nathan Martindale, vice-president. president of MTS.

– with files from Danielle Da Silva

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Maggie Macintosh reports on education for the Winnipeg Free Press. Funding for the Free Press educational journalist comes from the Government of Canada through the Local Journalism Initiative.
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