Less than 5% of cases involve fully vaccinated people, officials say – .

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Less than 5% of cases involve fully vaccinated people, officials say – .


VANCOUVER – Only a small fraction of recent COVID-19 cases in British Columbia are in fully vaccinated people, health officials said on Tuesday.

During a morning press conference on Tuesday, Dr Bonnie Henry revealed that less than five percent of COVID-19 cases are from people who have received two doses of the vaccine. BC’s top doctor spoke alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Penny Ballem.

“Ninety-six percent are people who have received only one dose (or less) or, 78 percent, are people who have not been vaccinated at all,” Henry said, adding that the data shows that people who received two doses are “considerably less likely to be hospitalized or have serious illness.”

“This compares to the high rate of COVID among unvaccinated but eligible people here in British Columbia”

Data presented by Henry showed that of a total of 176 people hospitalized with COVID-19, around 137 people were not vaccinated at all. The median age of those hospitalized was 52, she said.

“This is why it is extremely important that we both get every two doses of the vaccine,” Henry said.

Ballem said that according to data collected on July 23, 19.6% of eligible British Columbians are still not vaccinated. Northern and Interior health authorities have the highest rates of unvaccinated residents, at 32.5 and 26.2 percent, respectively.

Presenting the data, officials said vaccine distribution should be convenient for residents and the advertised doses will soon be available at walk-in clinics.

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