Hamilton COVID-19 vaccinations drop for fourth consecutive week
Published August 7, 2021 at 2:14 am
For the fourth week in a row, Hamilton has a decline in the number of people who received a COVID-19 vaccination.
This comes as the city, along with about half of public health units across Ontario, remain short of the meeting the condition that the Ontario government set three weeks ago when it moved into Step 3 of the reopening plan.
City of Hamilton data says 8,340 doses have been given this week as of Friday afternoon. Weekly tallies are usually updated on Saturdays, and this week’s total was likely affected by both a long weekend with the Civic Holiday on Monday and the closure of a large-scale mass vaccination clinic, leaving the city with two.
A total of 20,011 doses were given during the week of July 24. Hamilton has not had a week with fewer than 10,000 jabs since Feb. 27 to March 5, when eligibility was limited to middle-aged and older adults.
The province has stated that 80 per cent of all Ontarians aged 12 and older must have at least one shot, 75 per cent need to be fully immunized and all public health units must have fully vaccinated 70 per cent of eligible residents.
Only the first condition has been satisfied. For its part, Hamilton has vaccinated 67 per cent of eligible residents, which ranks near the bottom of the province’s 34 public health units and is also the lowest for any single-tier municipality.
Over the past week, full vaccination among residents 18 and over inched from 66.3 per cent to 68.2. There was a bigger jump among the youth population, who improved from 46.9 per cent to 51.2.
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Along with the remaining large-scale clinics at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (100 West 5th St.) and FirstOntario Centre (101 York Blvd.), there are nine mobile mRNA vaccination clinics scheduled for the following week:
- Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre (876 Cannon St. E.), Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Norman (Pinky) Lewis Recreation Centre (192 Wentworth St. N.), Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Glanbrook Arena (4300 Binbrook Rd.), Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre (780 Upper Wentworth St.), Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Victoria Park (500 King St. W., outdoors), Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.
- Chedoke Twin Pad Arena (91 Chedmac Dr.), Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Salvation Army Meadowlands (187 Stonechurch Rd. W., Ancaster), Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Salvation Amy Mountain Citadel (835 Stonechurch Rd. E.), Monday to Sat., Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Bennetto Recreation Centre (450 Hughson St. N.), Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.; Aug. 14-15 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.