Delta cases are up, but Ontario’s vaccination rates are down. Why the fight against COVID-19 isn’t over – CBC

Hesitancy, lack of access mean 3 million eligible Ontarians still aren’t vaccinated

Aug 18, 2021

For 64 days, the intensive care unit at Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital hadn’t seen a single new patient with COVID-19.

That streak ended last week.

The patient: an otherwise healthy man in his 40s, unvaccinated by choice.

It was not a decision based on issues of access or availability, Dr. Michael Warner, the hospital’s medical director of critical care, explained in a video posted online with the patient’s permission. Instead it was influenced by “unscientific claims made by friends and colleagues.”

“Delaying getting vaccinated is a decision this patient vehemently regrets now,” Warner said grimly.

But as Ontario faces rising rates of the highly contagious delta variant, it’s also experiencing falling rates of vaccination with the average number of daily new shots administered seemingly plateauing at around 43,000. That’s while the delta variant now accounts for more than 90 per cent of COVID-19 cases detected in testing.

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