Waterloo Region says that more than 40 per cent of residents over the age of 18 in the area have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The region’s COVID-19 distribution task force says 192,817 area residents are fully vaccinated, 21,478 more than it reported on Friday.
This pushes the percentage of adults fully vaccinated to 41.57, a number which falls to 33.42 when taking into account the entire population.
“We’re making great progress in our vaccine rollout and continue to vaccinate as many people as we can as quickly as possible,” Regional Chair Karen Redman stated.
“The more our community continues to work together by rolling up their sleeves to get vaccinated and follow public health measures, the closer we are to cautiously moving forward in our recovery and allowing more businesses to safely reopen.”
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The goal is to see at least 75 per cent of the population immunized, which in theory would lead to herd immunity.
The region says it surpassed another marking in the coming days, as soon 80 per cent of area adults will have received at least one jab of a COVID-19 vaccine.
That may take time as the task force’s dashboard sits at 79.41 per cent, and it has increased by less than one per cent over the past week.
When you include all those who are eligible to be vaccinated, that number falls to 78.07 per cent.
However, that number may actually cross the 80 per cent line faster as those between the ages of 12-17 are the fastest growing percentage, according to the dashboard.
A total of 63.48 of that age group has been received one dose of a vaccine, a number which stood at 61.69 a week ago.
“Vaccines are the most effective defense against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” stated Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang, Medical Officer of Health.
“The more residents who get vaccinated, the more we build a wall of protection to keep our community safe and healthy.”
As of Monday, there have been 592,661 jabs administered in the region since the first needle went into an arm with the vaccine on Dec. 22.
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Peel Region reports its first confirmed case of monkeypox – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Peel Region has its first confirmed case of monkeypox.
According to Peel Public Health, the person infected is an adult male in his 30s who lives in Mississauga.
The heath unit said the risk to the public remains low.
Monkeypox, which comes from the same virus family as smallpox, spreads though close contact with an infected individual. Most transmission happens through close contact with the skin lesions of monkeypox, but the virus can also be spread by large droplets or by sharing contaminated items.
To reduce risk of infection, people are advised to be cautious when engaging in intimate activities with others. Vaccination is available for high-risk contacts of cases and for those deemed at high risk of exposure to monkeypox.
Symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash/lesions, which could appear on the face or genitals and then spread to other areas.
Anyone who develops these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and avoid close contact with others until they have improved and rash/lesions have healed.
While most people recover on their own without treatment, those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for monkeypox should self-monitor for symptoms, and contact PPH to see if they are eligible for vaccination.
The Mississauga case is at least the 34th confirmed case of the disease in Ontario, with dozens more under investigation.
Monkeypox case count rises to more than 3400 globally, WHO says – The Globe and Mail
More than 3,400 confirmed monkeypox cases and one death were reported to the World Health Organization as of last Wednesday, with a majority of them from Europe, the agency said in an update on Monday.
WHO said that since June 17, 1,310 new cases were reported to the agency, with eight new countries reporting monkeypox cases.
Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, WHO ruled last week, although WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak.
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Sudbury news: Northern agencies highlight national HIV testing day | CTV News – CTV News Northern Ontario
Monday was national HIV testing day. Officials say this year’s theme surrounds how getting tested is an act of self-care.
From clinics to self-testing kits, groups in the north say there are many options to get tested and everyone should use whichever way works best for them.
Just more than a year ago, Reseau Access Network in Sudbury teamed with Ready to Know and Get a Kit, groups that provide HIV self-testing kits at a pickup location.
Officials said it has been a huge success.
“We get a consistent number throughout each month and I can’t really divulge those figures, unfortunately, but as part of the overall study I can tell you the pickup of self-tests is a fraction of the amount of tests being ordered,” said Angel Riess, of Reseau Access Network.
“There’s actually a lot of tests being shipped to homes directly but I can confirm that they have been active and there’s a significant number of people who have chosen to engage in both programs.”
Elsewhere, the Aids Committee of North Bay and Area held a point-of-care testing clinic to mark the day.
“It’s an opportunity for us to remind everyone that getting tested is essential. If you don’t know you have HIV, you can’t take the steps to try to mitigate the possibility of spread,” said executive director Stacey Mayhall.
In addition to stopping the spread, knowing whether you are positive sooner rather than later can allow for a better quality of life.
“HIV is not a death sentence that it used to be,” said Riess.
“There have been advances in testing and medication and people can live long, healthy lives living with HIV.”
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