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12 to 17-year-olds have lowest vaccination rates in the region

73.6 per cent of the eligible populations have both doses
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More people in the region were vaccinated against COVID-19 in the past week.

The Porcupine Health Unit's weekly epidemiology report is out and breaks down where the region is at.

Since last week's report, 641 more people received their second dose of the vaccine, bringing the total number of people with both doses of the vaccine to 45,861. There has been an increase of 811 people who received their first dose, bringing the total number of people who have received their first dose of the vaccine to 52,244.

In the region, 82.4 per cent of the eligible population (12 years and up) has received the first dose of the vaccine and 73.6 per cent have both doses. The provincial target is to have 90 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated. 

Both of those numbers are up slightly from last week, when the health unit reported 81.3 per cent of the eligible population had received their first dose and 72.4 per cent had both doses. The vaccination numbers do not include Moosonee because vaccines were administered there as part of Operation Remote Immunity.

Broken down by age range in the region, the health unit reports that for: 

  • 12 to 17 years - 70.7 per cent have their first dose and 55.7 per cent have both doses
  • 18 to 29 years - 73.3 per cent have their first dose and 58.1 per cent have both doses
  • 30 to 39 years - 75 per cent have their first dose and 62.8 per cent have both doses
  • 40 to 49 years - 77.7 per cent have their first dose and 69 per cent have both doses
  • 50 to 59 years - 83.6 per cent have their first dose and 77.5 per cent have both doses
  • 60 to 69 years - 90.8 per cent have their first dose and 86.8 per cent have both doses
  • 70 to 79 years - 98.9 per cent have their first dose and 95.7 per cent have both doses
  • 80 years and up - 100 per cent have their first dose and 97.9 per cent have both doses

The data is also broken down by community, however, it reflects the number of vaccines given and not necessarily the number of residents vaccinated living in the community. For example, someone could get one or both doses in a city they don't live in. 

The stats by the community are:

  • Cochrane - 71.1 per cent first dose, 56.9 per cent second dose
  • Hearst - 85 per cent first dose, 69 per cent second dose
  • Hornepayne - 88.3 per cent first dose, 100 per cent second dose
  • Iroquois Falls - 72.5 per cent first dose, 51.8 per cent second dose
  • Kapuskasing - 70.6 per cent first dose, 58.7 per cent second dose
  • Matheson - 65.9 per cent first dose, 81.5 per cent second dose
  • Smooth Rock Falls - 91.1 per cent first dose, 86.5 per cent second dose
  • Timmins - 81.5 per cent first dose, 72.3 per cent second dose

As of Sept. 13, there had been 1,182 cases in the region where a variant of concern has been detected, which is an increase of five since the last report. 

When the numbers were pulled for the report, there had been 2,188 confirmed cases of the virus, an increase of three from last week’s update.

Of the total confirmed cases in the region since the start of the pandemic, 51.6 per cent are male and 48.2 per cent are female. 

People 20 to 39 years make up the largest number of cases, with 781 people (35.6 per cent of all cases) being in that demographic. There have been 728 cases (33.3 per cent) in people ages 19 and under, 434 people (19.8 per cent of cases) between the ages of 40-59, 187 people (8.6 per cent) are between the ages of 60-79, and 58 people (2.7 per cent) are 80 and over.

For where people are located, 1,016 cases have been in Timmins; 266 in the area Matheson, Iroquois Falls, Cochrane and Smooth Rock Falls; 104 in the Kapuskasing area; 98 in the Hearst, Hornepayne area; 695 in the James and Hudson Bay region; and nine are out of region.

Of the confirmed cases, 1,360 (62.2 per cent) were contacts of a case, the exposure of 17 (0.9 per cent) are under investigation, there is no known exposure for 519 (23.7 per cent), 273 (12.6 per cent) are associated to an outbreak, and 19 cases are travel-related.

The case fatality rate in the Porcupine Health Unit region is 1.4 per cent. The provincial rate is 1.7 per cent.

The test positivity rate for the region at the time of the report was 1.8 per cent. In Northern Ontario the positivity rate is 1 per cent and the provincial rate is 3.3 per cent.

This week's full local epidemiology report is available here. The vaccine rates can be found here.



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