Ontario says it will soon start to report how many new cases of COVID are in unvaccinated people.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says it’s a complicated process to tie individual cases to vaccination status, but it’s important information. The Delta variant is expected to result in more cases in the coming months and Moore suggests the risk is 6.4 times higher for those who have not been vaccinated.
As many as 1.8 million eligible Ontarians still need a second shot of vaccine.
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Family physician Dr. Jennifer Kwan told the Globe and Mail she calculated percentages of vaccinated and unvaccinated people from the two most recent reports from Public Health Ontario.
She found between June 12 and July 10, 95.8 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Ontario were in unvaccinated people and 99.5 per cent of people admitted to intensive care due to the virus had not been vaccinated.
In addition, she found 99.5 per cent of all COVID-19 intensive care unit admissions were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated people. Just one fully vaccinated person during that month ended up in ICU due to COVID-19.
“The data is showing that people who are fully vaccinated have a much lower risk of severe outcomes,” she said. “This will help people to make an informed decision about vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones.”