the Delta strain now dominates, but nearly 70% of Sudburians over 12 years fully vaccinated, reports the health unit – .

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SUDBURY – As local cases dry up, Sudbury & Districts Public Health said on Thursday that 69.2 percent of people over the age of 12 have now been vaccinated against COVID-19 with both vaccines.

More than 80% have received at least one dose, the health unit said, bringing the area closer to the health unit’s goal of fully immunizing 90% of people in its coverage area.

As the number of new cases has slowed considerably – no new cases have been reported in two days – there is a worrying trend underlying the numbers: the extremely contagious Delta variant, which has sparked a wave of new infections among patients. unvaccinated south of the border.

“The most transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 Delta variant is now dominant in the region,” the health unit said in its weekly roundup.

“As of July 1… the majority (70%) of COVID-19 cases reported in the Sudbury and Districts Public Health region are infected with a variant that has the Delta mutation profile (B.1.617.2).

“The Delta variant can spread more easily and is associated with higher rates of hospitalization, ICU admissions and death compared to the Alpha variant,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, medical officer of health, in a report. Press release.

“COVID-19 vaccines are effective against Delta, but there is evidence of reduced protection against symptomatic illness after a dose. This means that two-dose immunization coverage is important for everyone.

“In addition, given the degree of infection in Delta, vaccination rates should be as high as possible to protect against community spread. If you were waiting for another reason to get vaccinated, here it is, ”she added.

Read the full COVID-19 weekly update from the health unit here.

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