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How is your generation faring in Sudbury for COVID vaccine coverage? PHSD releases age stats

Sudbury health unit statistics part of campaign to urge younger residents to get COVID-19 vaccines

New statistics released by Public Health Sudbury and Districts show that older residents in the area are among those with the highest percentage of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

The numbers were revealed in an infographic presented on social media this week under a banner message urging Sudbury residents to compare vaccination rates among different generations. 

The stats for the Silent Generation (ages 76 to 93) showed 92 per cent of those residents having first and second-dose vaccinations. The number of individuals in that group with just their first dose was slightly higher at 94 per cent.  

Public Health Sudbury and Districts (PHSD) has set the double-dose goal for all generation groups at 90 per cent. 

Next in line was the Baby Boomer Generation (ages 57 to 75) with double-dose vaccinations at 88 per cent, and single-dose vaccinations at 91 per cent.  

"Look how well the Baby Boomers are doing!" said the PHSD message. "To be fair, they were among the first groups offered the vaccine," the message continued. 

The infographic is part of the campaign by PHSD to get more area residents to become fully vaccinated. 

The Aim High - Stay Low campaign is encouraging residents to join the push for higher vaccine numbers while at the same time keeping the COVID-19 case counts low. 

Back to the infographic, the stats also show numbers for Generation-X (ages 41 to 56) which has 69 per cent at two-doses of vaccine and 76 per cent at one dose. As the ages get younger, the vaccination rate is lower, according to the stats.

For the Generation-Y group (ages 25-40) the vaccination rate is 55 per cent for double doses and 66 per cent for single dose.  

For Generation-Z (ages 12 to 24), the numbers are lower with 51 per cent at double doses and 65 per cent at single dose.

The health unit message clearly states that the goal is to avoid a fourth wave of the pandemic in the fall.

"Regardless of where you fit within the generations, you can still get your first and second doses by the end of the summer! We want all generations to benefit from the advantages of the vaccine," said the PHSD statement.       

"Encourage your generation (and others) to get their vaccine and be protected against COVID-19 and its variants.  Let’s make it a two-dose summer, so we can avoid a fourth wave Fall," said PHSD.

The same message was put out earlier this week as Ontario's top public health officer pleaded with unvaccinated Ontario citizens to come forward and get vaccinated now before the new school year begins and before the COVID-19 case counts get any higher.

Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, was speaking at an online news conference broadcast on the CPAC channel Tuesday afternoon. Moore's message was directed at the many Ontario residents who are still vaccine-hesitant.

"As our rollout continues to edge forward, we need those who remain unvaccinated to step up," said Moore.

He added that unvaccinated residents are eight times as likely to be infected now by COVID-19 as those who are double-dose vaccinated. Moore said older adults who are not vaccinated are now 15 times more likely to be hospitalized for the disease.

"So if you haven't rolled up your sleeve to get your shot, now is the time as we head into the fall," said Moore. 


 


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Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

About the Author: Len Gillis, local journalism initiative reporter

Len Gillis is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter at Sudbury.com covering health care in northeastern Ontario and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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