Low Vaccination Rate Contributes to High COVID Count In Grand Forks
That's the message from I-H-A Medical Health Officer Dr. Karin Goodison after the detection of 24 new COVID-19 infections in the Grand Forks area since June 26th.
She said the majority of new cases are teens and young adults under 25 with one thing in common.
“The majority of people who became infected during this (outbreak) had not received COVID vaccinations,” said Goodison who added the virus found its way into other unprotected people.
“All you need is one introduction into the community, into an area where immunization rates are low and people are not fully protected”, said the I-H-A Medical Health Officer.
The B-C Centre for Disease Control said 68% of area residents 12-and-older had been given shots as of July 5 and 35% had received both shots.
Goodison pointed out most of the new infections were found in an age group with a much lower than average vaccination rate.
“The most would be youths or young adults under the age of 25 and what we know is that this group has lower vaccination rates overall,” said Goodison.
She also said their lifestyle contributed to a chain reaction of infections.
“What we are seeing is a number of people in several households and who are socially connected that are leading to the ongoing infectivity within the community,” said Goodison.
She remained confident health officials will be able to keep the virus in check through contact tracing and ensuring coronavirus sufferers remained isolated through their infectious periods, but stressed the need for everyone eligible to get vaccinated to prevent another outbreak.
Grand Forks drop-in clinics are every Tues, Thurs and Sat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Curling Club.
There will also be mobile clinics on July 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gospel Church.
A mobile clinic in Rock Creek is set for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Riverside Centre.
Goodison said unvaccinated residents can also make appointments.