Oakville mayor concerned after data reveals 12 per cent of Halton residents 80+ still not vaccinated
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton recently expressed his concerns after public data revealed that 12 per cent of Halton residents ages 80 and over have yet to receive their first dose of the vaccine.
“The importance of a COVID-19 vaccination is evident when we see that 158 out of 220 Halton residents who have unfortunately died due to COVID-19, or 72 per cent of deaths in the region, have occurred among those who were 80 years of age and older,” said Burton in a recent e-newsletter from the Town of Oakville.
“This number is above the nation-wide percentage of 66.5 per cent of deaths being among those who are 80 years of age and older in Canada.”
Burton also stated that homebound seniors may account for a portion of the 12 per cent of individuals in the 80-plus age group. For this reason, he is encouraging residents to reach out to those who may not have been able to book or attend their appointments.
“With more vaccines arriving in Canada we know that more than 42 per cent of Canadians have received at least one dose and 50 per cent of Halton’s residents have now received their first dose,” added Burton.
Burton concluded by reminding the public that a single dose is not a complete vaccination and that the second dose is required for optimal protection.
“Do not let up on public health regulations with just a single dose, or even a second, until direction is provided to do so.”
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