Over a quarter of Niagara’s school kids are now double-vaxxed

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Published March 3, 2022 at 1:31 pm

While the new COVID-19 cases in Niagara are up and down like a seesaw, the bigger news is slightly more than 25 per cent of elementary school kids are now fully-vaccinated.

While none are in a position where they are entitled for booster shots just yet, 25.5 per cent of all children aged five to 11 year have had both jabs. Nearly half (49 per cent) have had their first shots.

The high school aged youth (12 to 17), who obviously had a head-start, have higher percentages than most of their Math tests. First dabs are presently at 84.3 per cent while double doses are right behind at 83.1 per cent.

Like the elementary students, precious few have fallen into the timeline where they are eligible for boosters as just 7.1 per cent have had the opportunity.

The balance of the population is doing well with all age groups over the 80 per cent mark and those 60 and older all well into the 90 per cent fully-vaxxed category.

As for the daily cases, as mentioned they are low, then high, then lower again. So far this week, Monday (Feb. 28) had 32 new cases. By Tuesday, that had inched up to 42 new known cases.

By Wednesday – likely by coincidence – that shot up to 119 as businesses dropped their capacity limits the day before. Perhaps proving that was something of an anomaly, that dropped back down to 82 new know cases today.

Despite the fact that municipalities are no longer listed with daily case counts but rather overviews of the past 28 days, St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland still have the highest case numbers.

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