Several cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Canadians who have already received their first dose of the vaccine, according to Public Health Canada.
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As of April 26, 2,274 Canadians infected with the virus were identified almost two weeks after receiving the first injection, representing 1.3% of cases reported to the health system since the start of the vaccination campaign. Globe and mail…
Of this number, 203 people were hospitalized, and 53, unfortunately, died. Nearly 91% of these deaths occurred among Canadians over 80, an age group that is more difficult to develop a strong immune response after being vaccinated.
Thus, these data show that most cases of the disease occur in individuals who have not yet been vaccinated, according to an email sent to the address Peace Anna Madison, Public Health Agency of Canada.
These results also remind us of the importance of getting the second dose of the vaccine, the first does not provide sufficient protection against the virus.
Thus, public health officials urged older people to stay alert and continue to comply with health measures until vaccinations are completed.
While pharmaceutical companies recommended an interval of three to four weeks between injections of two doses, delays in delivery of doses increased the waiting period for vaccinations. Governments have also opted to extend the deadline to four months, in the case of Quebec, with the stated goal of vaccinating as many people as possible the first time.
“The ideal would be to have 30 million doses at the start of vaccination. But we had to go through a period of shortage, ”Gaston De Serres, an epidemiologist at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ), told the newspaper.
More than 13.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Canada as of Sunday.