Hamilton’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign recorded its highest absorption in a day since early September on Wednesday and the city reported that at least 2,100 injections were armed.
The last time the city saw more than 2,000 injections in one day was on September 3, when public health revealed that 2,128 injections had been administered.
A spokesman for the city health agency said the increase could not be officially attributed to any specific incident, but suggested that the implementation of the province’s vaccine certificate program likely did.
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“There are quite a few mobile clinics these days, there were several clinics yesterday, and also, anecdotally, there may be a small increase due to the test of the provincial vaccination policy,” Jacqueline Durlov told Global News in an email. .
So far in September, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays have been the three days a week that the city has seen above-average vaccination figures.
Hamilton’s average daily vaccinations per day for September is just over 1,400, but on Wednesdays they average over 1,800, Thursdays average about 1,500 and Fridays average over 1,800 per day.
A prominent Hamilton-based infectious disease specialist at St. Joe’s Hamilton views the new vaccine certificate as a kind of “band-aid” in the midst of a “near-miss” point in the pandemic.
Dr. Zain Chagla says that even though the province reports vaccination numbers close to 80 percent, they are only among those 12 and older who are eligible for the vaccine.
“That doesn’t include a pediatric population under 12, that’s when it adds up, much less than that,” Chagla said.
“I think this is a tool that we use while still gaining immunity within our population.”
As of Wednesday, 75.8 percent of Hamiltonians over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated against COVID, while 82.4 percent have received at least one dose. The provincial averages as of Wednesday are 79.9 and 85.8 percent, respectively.
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Hamilton remains tied for second to last among 34 health regions in two-dose vaccinations, ahead only of Chatham-Kent at 75 percent.
Dr. Omar Khan, professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Toronto, says that Pfizer’s clinical trials for the use of its COVID vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 are “really big” as a large portion of the population world is less than 12 years old.
As of Thursday, young people under the age of 19 account for just over a quarter of active cases in the city, while just over 16 percent of the 276 cases are among those under the age of nine.
Khan says that vaccinating children under the age of 12 could help “eliminate” the virus from much of the population, as immunizations would inhibit its ability to replicate.
“In those under 12, we have a huge reservoir of viruses,” Khan said.
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“CChildren under the age of 12 are one of the dominant groups of people who carry this, and that just means they are the source of infection for many people. “
On Monday, Pfizer said the tests showed promising results in children and is continuing to submit data to Health Canada on the findings, which the data has not yet been peer-reviewed or published.
The company went on to say that it expects to release clinical trial data in late October that will reveal how well the vaccine works in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.
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Hamilton’s public health department reported another 41 new COVID cases on Thursday, the highest daily number since the same day last week.
The city’s active cases also increased day by day, registering six in 276 as of September 23.
However, the average number of cases in seven days dropped slightly from one to 34, day after day.
Week-over-week, the percentage positivity rate, tracking the fraction of tests that tested positive for COVID, also fell to 3.2 percent from 4.8 percent last week.
Hamilton hospitals have three fewer COVID-19 patients in intensive care (ICU) as of Thursday, decreasing by three, day over day. There are still 39 patients with Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joe’s combined; 16 are in the ICU.
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The outbreak at the Macassa Lodge nursing home has five more cases day after day, with 17 people affected, including 10 residents, six employees and a visitor.
Public health has attributed the city’s 411 death, reported Wednesday, to a person over the age of 80 who resided in the home.
A spokesperson for the home has revealed that 96 percent of Macassa Lodge residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses, and 68 percent have received a third dose.
Under the policy, the household did not disclose how many employees have been vaccinated.
There are now six schools in an active outbreak linked to two students with Lawfield Mountain Elementary School added to the list.
There are a total of 14 cases combined between the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) and the Catholic Board (HWCDSB).
Sixty COVID cases are linked to 17 active outbreaks in Hamilton as of Thursday.
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