Just a quick reminder that Covid evolves faster than science and you need to get vaccinated if you value your life and personal freedom.
CBC: The number of unvaccinated Canadians is roughly equivalent to everyone living in the Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Quebec City metropolitan areas combined.
Experts agree more people need to get the shot to avoid another pandemic resurgence with devastating consequences. The challenge now involves easing access and convincing the hesitant among us to roll up their sleeves, experts say.
After a blitz in April and May, the number of new first doses being administered has stalled at well under 100,000 daily since June 16. That means it would take months more to immunize the remaining holdouts at the current pace.
Caroline Colijn is a mathematician who specializes in infectious diseases at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.
Colijn told CBC News it’s hard to pinpoint an exact vaccination rate that would make it safer to further relax pandemic-related restrictions in Canada — but it should be higher than it is now.
More shots in arms could spell the difference between a fourth pandemic wave — like the crush of new cases piling up in the U.K. and the Netherlands — and no wave at all, Colijn said, citing some of the modelling she and her team of researchers have compiled.
“There is a lot of uncertainty and I don’t think we have one number where we can say ‘Oh, OK, it’s 82 per cent, that’s it, that’s enough and we won’t have COVID anymore,'” she said. “But we do know that 90 per cent would give us so much better protection than 80 per cent because it cuts in half the number of people who aren’t protected at all.”
Colijn said that at 90 per cent protection, there will be both fewer cases and fewer opportunities for new mutations to emerge because there won’t be as many unvaccinated vectors for the virus.
“I’m not going to say we’re going to be in the clear. We don’t know how much immunity will wane over time, hopefully it won’t. But I think it would put us in a really great position,” she said. “We can say with high confidence we’ll be in a much, much better position at 90 per cent. We’ll cut those chains of transmission and we’ll be more resilient to the arrival, spread or emergence of new variants.”
Widespread infections among millions of unvaccinated Canadians could be enough to overwhelm the health care system again.
Big ups to our friend Danko Jones, who threw this little ditty together while reminding us that we’re not even close to that herd immunity # while Delta and Lamba continue to become the dominant variants.
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— Dean Blundell (@ItsDeanBlundell) July 19, 2021
Delta and Lamba variants aren’t just surging, they are surging and 4-6x more deadly and infectious than their asshole cousin VOC’s, and here’s something: almost 100% of all hospitalizations in North America belong to…The unvaccinated!
“We know that 99.5% of people who are in the hospital are people who are unvaccinated and people who are dying of COVID are unvaccinated. As Dr. Walensky said earlier today, this is really becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,”
Press Secretary Jen Psaki says pic.twitter.com/K5uAmO8wGv
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2021
“The Pandemic Of The Unvaccinated!!!”
Since the discovery of these life-saving vaccines, that’s exactly what this has become. This isn’t about free will or misinformation anymore.
COVID19 is a disease of the unvaccinated. Idiocy is literally a virus and it’s preventing us all from living.
Next time someone with a high school diploma says they’re ‘waiting’ to get vaxxed, look at them as if they’re the disease and act accordingly.
You’ll thank me later.
Go get vaccinated. Or not. The fourth wave will come with vaccine passports which will do the trick.