VICTORIA, B.C. – The latest COVID-19 modelling report released Tuesday shows that vaccines are making a difference in B.C.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix spoke on Tuesday to provide details on the most recent COVID-19 data.
“We are now in a pandemic of the unvaccinated. That is where we’re seeing cases take off, and hospitalizations,” said Henry in a briefing Tuesday.
Data shows that unvaccinated individuals are at a much greater risk of infection, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated.
According to Dr. Henry, hospitalizations are rising to a rate that is affecting the ability to provide healthcare in some areas including the Interior region and Northern Health region.
Additionally, Henry says the rate of rising cases is not the same across all health zones.
“We are starting to see a dramatic increase in the north.”
After adjusting for age differences, there is a 12-fold higher case rate per 100,000 population, 34-fold higher hospitalization rate per 1 million, and eight times more deaths per 1 million population in unvaccinated individuals compared to fully vaccinated.
From July 1st to August 27th, the bulk of the cases in B.C. occurred in unvaccinated residents between the ages of 20 and 39.
Henry says the most important actions to stop transmission are to “decrease infectious contacts while increasing our vaccination rate.” She says public health will monitor data closely and adjust regional measures where needed.
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