COVID fatigue, public health messaging may be to blame for low 3rd dose uptake – CBC

Fewer than 50% of Ontarians have 3rd dose

Mar 08, 2022

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to loosen across Ontario, some say public health officials failed to stress the importance of third doses.

Only 47.3 per cent of people have received a third dose, according to Public Health Ontario data up to Feb. 27. That’s compared to 81 per cent who’ve had two doses, or a gap of about 5.5 million people.

Ontario lifted the vaccine mandate at the beginning of the month and could lift the mask mandate by the end of March as the number of hospitalizations has continued a mostly downward trend since mid-January.

“We still have a possibility to mess this up if we just move too fast,” said Dr. Peter Jüni, leader of Ontario’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

The percentage of people with a third dose increases with age, with more than 80 per cent of people over the age of 70 and more than half of those between the ages of 40 and 69 having a third dose, PHO said.

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