N.B. children aged 5 to 9 have lowest rates for recent COVID-19 vaccine boosters, data shows – CBC

Only 2.1% have had a booster in past 5 months, while 18 to 29-year-olds have lowest adult rate at 2.9%

Apr 26, 2023

New Brunswickers aged 18 to 29 are doing the worst job of all adults at keeping up to date with their COVID-19 vaccine boosters, data from the Department of Health shows.

Only 2.9 per cent of this age group has received a booster dose — meaning a third dose or more — within the past five months, as of April 19.

The recent booster rate is even lower among New Brunswick children aged five to nine, at 2.1 per cent as of April 6, the data shows.

Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, calls the rates concerning.

“Those low numbers are not driven by vaccine hesitancy. We know what proportion of the population is vaccine hesitant. This is driven by, I think, by people not connecting the dots here,” he said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-vaccine-booster-rates-new-brunswick-five-months-ages-1.6823120

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