There is no other way to put it: vaccinations are helping the Covid-19 response. Since Canada’s vaccine program started, 52.4 million doses have been administered, and just shy of 66% of our population is fully vaccinated.
After all of this time, we finally have concrete evidence proving vaccines work, and those that are vaccinated are experiencing much more prosperity than those that are not. Below are the reported findings from the Public Health Ontario Enhanced Epidemiological Summary. Click here to view the entire report.
One of the starkest findings from the report is the outcome differences between unvaccinated and fully vaccinated adults 60 years of age and older. This comes as no surprise, as elderly individuals have been one of the most at-risk age groups for Covid-19. Unvaccinated persons 60 years of age and older were 14.2 times more likely to be hospitalized due to Covid-19 than those unvaccinated. That statistic in itself demonstrates how effective vaccines are for the immunocompromised population.
These next two statistics are probably the most important.
Since the introduction of vaccines, their effectiveness and their results have been in question. Just because you receive a vaccine does not mean you are free from contracting and spreading Covid-19. It just means that you now have antibodies to fight the virus. But there is now evidence that shows a significant decrease in the likelihood of contracting Covid-19 if you are fully vaccinated; 810% less likely to be exact. This decrease incidentally means that you will have less chance of spreading the virus as well. But this does not mean you ditch masks and social distancing! The risk is still there, no matter how small it may be.
This data is reflective of unvaccinated case rates. Between December 14th, 2020, and August 7th, 2021, unvaccinated individuals accounted for 95.2% of reported Covid-19 cases. From this figure alone, it is safe to say that the fully vaccinated are doing their part to reduce community transmission.
As we head into the fall, it is crucial to remain vigilant. With the Delta variants’ contagion and mortality rate, everyone must do their part to reduce case counts and hospitalizations. Canada has been in the fourth wave for close to two weeks, and case counts and hospitalization rates have steadily climbed. Data across the country are showing that 90% of new cases are coming from unvaccinated individuals. So if you haven’t already, wear the proper PPE, get vaccinated, and if you are symptomatic, please get tested – they are our best chances of getting out of the pandemic.
Even though we can’t help with vaccinations, we still offer high-quality Canadian-made PPE and covid antigen testing. Click here to view our line of PPE and here for our covid testing services. If you have any questions, please contact us at 905 493 7436 X 1114 or [email protected].