Most Communities in Thompson, Okanagan Still Below BC Immunization Rate | iINFOnews




September 21, 2021 – 6:00 PM

In the past month, the vaccination rate in British Columbia increased 3.2 percent to 86.5 percent last Friday. This is for people over 12 years old receiving a dose.

Only two of 21 community health service zones in the Thompson and Okanagan regions were above the province‘s average immunization rate, while two matched it.

The good news is that over the past four weeks, from August 24 to September 17, some of the regions with the lowest vaccination rates have exceeded the provincial rate with new people getting vaccinated.

Enderby, for example, still has the lowest vaccination rate in the region at 68%, but that’s a 5% improvement.

The rural central Okanagan region, which had the fourth lowest vaccination rate, fell to the fifth worst but improved the most, increasing from 7% to 77%.

Armstrong / Spullumcheen and Rutland, also ranked quite low, rose five percentage points to 74% and 79% respectively.

At the other end of the spectrum, Kamloops Central South continues to be the most vaccinated area, dropping from 5% to 90%.

The South Okanagan, at 87%, is the only other region above the provincial average. The Kelowna wards of Glenmore and Okanagan Mission are near the provincial average at 86%.

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“Almost four million British Columbians have now received their first dose of immunization,” BC Health Minister Adrian Dix said last week. “It’s one of the highest levels in the world.

Yes, it is one of the highest rates in the world, but not in Canada.

Nationally, British Columbia ranks in the middle of the pack in immunization, listed on a Health Canada website at 86.36% on September 11, the latest date for which data are available.

Prince Edward Island led the way with 92.07% of residents aged 12 and over, followed by Newfoundland, Yukon, Quebec, Nova Scotia and then British Columbia.

Alberta was the least vaccinated with 77.5%.

There are a number of different websites with global immunization data, but most count the number of full vaccinations rather than partial vaccinations.

The Our website The world of data shows that 70.2% of Canadians were fully immunized. This is one of the highest in a world where only 31.9% of people are fully vaccinated.

On this site, Canada ranks ninth in terms of comprehensive immunization.

The United Arab Emirates lead with 82.1% with Singapore at 79.8%.

Spain, Denmark, Ireland and Belgium are the only European countries that rank higher than Canada.

At the bottom of the global list are Ethiopia at 0.5% and Nigeria at 0.9%.

The selection of countries listed below shows the percentage of residents fully vaccinated at:

  • 66.7% – United Kingdom
  • 65.6% – Italy
  • 64.2% – France
  • 63.2% – Germany
  • 55.3% – United States
  • 53.1% – Japan
  • 38.0% – Australia
  • 32.9% – New Zealand
  • 32.7% – Mexico
  • 28.1% – Russia
  • 14.8% – India

No percentage is indicated for China.

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