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78 per cent of eligible Canadians receive at least one dose of COVID vaccine

2021 Jul 09, 9:15, OTTAWA

More than 26 million people, or 78 percent of those eligible, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines and 15 million people, or 44 percent of those ages 12 and older, are fully vaccinated, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Thursday.

Nationally and in most health regions in the country, COVID-19 disease activity is at low levels. Total active cases and average daily cases are about 95 percent lower than the peak of the third wave, with less than 500 new cases being reported daily.

Compared to the peak of the third wave, there has been a more than 80 percent reduction in the average daily number of people with COVID-19 being treated in hospitals each day and over 70 percent fewer people in intensive care units, with an average of 13 deaths being reported daily.

"It has taken a lot of effort to get where we are today, but we should not assume we have crossed the finish line," said Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam at a press conference on Thursday. "While Canadians are steadily coming forward for second doses, the rate of increase for first doses has slowed."

Tam said that in order to get and stay ahead of more highly transmissible variants such as the Delta and Lambda strains of COVID-19 when Canadians head back indoors over the fall and winter, the country needs to reach "the highest possible vaccine coverage as quickly as possible."

Canada sees a sustained national decline of new COVID-19 cases, but the threat of variants continues to pose a real risk, and so "sustained control efforts" will be needed in order to avoid a resurgence until vaccination coverage is high across the population.

Asked where the lower uptake in COVID-19 vaccines is being seen demographically, Tam said that those who appear to be less eager to "offer their arm" are young people, marginalised populations, and in certain smaller communities across the country.

Tam said that reaching those who are unvaccinated is a priority across levels of governments and public health authorities.

Multiple variants of the virus behind COVID-19 are circulating in Canada, and Lambda has now joined their ranks.

Lambda, or C.37, is one of the latest variants of the virus behind COVID-19, and it's now being reported in Canada.

In Canada, 11 cases of the variant have been reported as of July 5, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

As of Thursday afternoon, Canada reported a cumulative total of 1,419,114 COVID-19 cases, including 26,404 deaths, according to CTV. 

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