Oakville mayor concerned with “below average” vaccination rates

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Published October 4, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is concerned with the town’s lower-than-average vaccination rates.

Burton expressed his concerns to Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr that vaccine uptake by certain age groups in Oakville remain below average.

Progress in daily vaccinations slowed down across Halton Region in the month of September.

“This is a concern for me, particularly in Oakville,” Burton said in his weekly update.

The Oakville mayor pointed to the rates showing the percentage of residents aged 25 to 29 as the lowest vaccinated group Halton.

Numbers that are even lower in Oakville with 66 per cent of residents aged 25 to 29 with two doses and 71 per cent with at least one dose as of Oct. 1.

Burton says the town is looking for ways to improve the vaccine uptake and will offer any of its resources to the Region to improve results.

“My hope is to work with the Region to develop a plan to help achieve a 90 per cent threshold of Oakville residents vaccinated and replicate the success that Halton is achieving in Milton.”

The latest vaccination numbers in Halton show that 86 per cent of the population has received at least one dose, while 82 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Those numbers are significantly lower among 25- to 29-year-olds, where 77 per cent have received a single dose and 70 per cent have got both doses.

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