Vaccine uptake lowest for young men

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Simcoe Muskoka’s medical officer of health is hoping to see a higher uptake of COVID-19 vaccines by young men.
The age group has a vaccination rate of 65.6 per cent, said Dr. Charles Gardner, compared to a 74.6 per cent vaccination rate amongst youth in general and over 90 per cent for those 16 and older.
There have been outbreaks at eight schools in the region since the beginning of September, all in elementary schools, four of which are still active. Gardner said this speaks to the success of vaccines, as there have not been any outbreaks in high schools. He reminds parents and staff to be vigilant in screening for symptoms before heading off to school.
There have been 18 clinics held in schools so far with 44 per cent of the doses administered being a first dose.
Health professionals are awaiting word on an approved dosage for youth 12 and under.
In the week of Sept. 26, 28 per cent of cases were among the fully immunized, or so called breakthrough cases.
Gardner said the health unit has become aware of a case of a death of a youth who had received a first dose. The case is under investigation but Gardner said there is nothing as yet to suggest that the death is linked to the vaccine.

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