Outaouais ranks last among the regions of Quebec in terms of the percentage of residents who received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
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Vaccination coverage at Outaouais is 68.4%, well below the Quebec average of 73.1%. In fact, only one region of the province falls short of the 70% mark, namely Nord du Quebec with a score of 69.9%.
“It’s hard to explain the reasons the Outaouais are so far behind. One thing is certain: we are doing everything we can to try to fill this gap, ”replied Frederic Morin, COVID-19 vaccination coordinator at the Outahua Comprehensive Center for Health and Human Services (CISSSO).
CISSSO is currently implementing various strategies to encourage specific target groups to receive the first dose of vaccine. Among other things, teams will be deployed in various communities and popular events for this.
Outaouais may be more susceptible to fourth wave or sudden increases in incidence given such low vaccination rates.
“Vaccination remains primarily a collective effort if we want to avoid a fourth wave with disastrous consequences. We are racing against the Delta variant. The more people are vaccinated, the more the region will be protected, ”said Mr.to me Morin.
However, these poor results in terms of vaccination coverage are not reflected in the number of confirmed cases. According to the latest available data, the infection rate of Outaouais was 3,126.1 people per 100,000 inhabitants, which puts the region in ninth place in the province.
At the time of this writing, on Tuesday, Outaouais has only seven active cases. No one has been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, 13 cases of the delta variant have been identified in the region.