COVID-19 vaccination rate lower among urban Indigenous people, study shows. Why? – Global News

August 1, 2022

COVID-19 vaccination rates among Ontario’s urban Indigenous population were lower compared with the general population despite priority rollout, according to a new study.

The research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Tuesday found that between March 2020 and December 2021, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine uptake for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people living in Toronto and London, Ont., was 20 per cent lower than the overall population.

However, the study also showed that COVID-19 testing rates in the two cities were 10 per cent higher among the Indigenous community compared with local and provincial rates.

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