COVID-19 vaccination rates lower in Windsor-Essex compared to Ontario average – CBC

Low uptake comes as new, more infectious subvariant emerges in U.S.

Jan 09, 2023

Despite continuing spread of COVID-19 and deaths still being reported, few people in Windsor-Essex are opting to get booster shots.

According to the Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), only 47.6 per cent of Windsor-Essex residents have received their third dose, as of Jan. 4. Fourth dose uptake is lower, with only 19.9 per cent of residents receiving the jab.

Both totals are roughly three per cent lower than the provincial average.

Windsor-Essex’s acting medical officer of health calls it “concerning.”

“I recognize that we are now in the third year of the pandemic, but our best way to manage the pandemic and to manage COVID-19 is to minimize the burden of disease in the community,” said Dr. Shanker Nesathurai. “Getting vaccinated is a key component to trying to prevent or reduce the burden of illness on the community overall.”

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