Ontario to Regularly Report COVID-19 Cases Among Unvaccinated People Soon – .

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Ontario to Regularly Report COVID-19 Cases Among Unvaccinated People Soon – .


TORONTO – Ontario plans to provide more regular updates soon on the number of COVID-19 cases among vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as the province’s top doctor said on Tuesday, the risk of contracting the disease. disease is 6.4 times higher for unvaccinated people.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Kieran Moore said it’s a complicated job to link individual cases to vaccine status, but it’s important information. There are about 1.8 million eligible Ontarians who still need a second injection of a COVID-19 vaccine, he said, and the Delta variant is expected to cause an increase in cases over the next few years. month.

“I think this is critical information to be able to convey to Ontarians the absolute benefit of reducing the risk of contracting COVID if you are immune versus not immune,” he said.

Ontario reports the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths daily, but does not provide the immunization status of these people.

Public Health Ontario publishes bimonthly reports with some of these numbers based on vaccination status, and the Department of Health said on Tuesday it was revising that report to include case rates in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. .

But the report’s totals are cumulative since December, when very few people were shot, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of recent cases.

Family doctor Dr. Jennifer Kwan said she looked at two recent reports and spent hours calculating the percentages of vaccinated and unvaccinated people who were hospitalized or died in the previous month.

She found that between June 12 and July 10, nearly 96% of deaths from COVID-19 in the province were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

All but one of the 11 deaths that occurred during this time in fully vaccinated people were in people aged 80 and over.

During the same period, 99.5% of all COVID-19 intensive care unit admissions were to unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. Only one person fully vaccinated during that month ended up in intensive care due to COVID-19.

Kwan creates tables and graphs based on the daily case count and posts them on his widely followed Twitter account. She said she is often asked to indicate how many cases involved people who have been vaccinated, but this information is not readily available.

She said it would be great if Public Health Ontario regularly published something similar to show the recent effects of vaccinations on cases, hospitalizations and deaths. She’s just a person using a spreadsheet.

“Data shows that fully vaccinated people have a much lower risk of serious outcomes and that the vast majority of hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths occur in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people,” she said. declared.

“It will help people make an informed decision about vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones. “

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that only half of one percent of recorded COVID-19 cases were among fully vaccinated people.

In British Columbia, the most recent reports from the BC Center of Disease Control show that less than five percent of COVID-19 cases from June 15 to July 15 were in fully vaccinated people. During the same period, 78% of people hospitalized in British Columbia with COVID-19 were not vaccinated.

Manitoba provides daily hospitalization statistics, but does not indicate how many of these people received vaccines. Manitoba health officials sometimes mention the percentage of unvaccinated people among hospitalized cases in weekly briefings.

Ontario reported 129 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and five more deaths. There were 127 patients in intensive care with severe illness related to COVID and 81 patients on ventilators.

Over 92,000 doses of vaccine were administered the day before, for a total of over 19.1 million.

Meanwhile, Canada’s largest airport no longer divides arriving international passengers into different customs lines based on their vaccination status.

Toronto Pearson International Airport announced last week that it could sort travelers from the United States or other international destinations into vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated queues.

But a spokesperson for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said the practice was halted on Monday.

Beverly MacDonald said in a statement that the airport has determined that segregating vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated travelers into different customs lines “results in minimal operational efficiency.”

She said entry requirements related to vaccination status will now apply once a passenger reaches a customs officer.

Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents can now forgo a 14-day quarantine when arriving in Canada from abroad.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 27, 2021.

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