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Local vaccination number tops 200,000

More than 200,000 vaccination doses have been administered in its catchment area.
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THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay District Health Unit says more than 200,000 vaccination doses have been administered in its catchment area.

According to weekly statistics released on Tuesday, there have been 206,354 doses given out since the program launched last winter, including 8,564 for the week ending on July 24. That’s the lowest total since the last full week in May, when 8,445 shots were given.

Of the doses administered last week, 1,127 were first doses, bringing the percentage of those 12 and older who have been vaccinated to 79.1 per cent. The remaining 7,441 doses were second shots, meaning 65.4 per cent of the 12 and older population have now been vaccinated.

Broken down by age category, the group between 70 and 79 years old lead the way in first-dose and second-dose percentage, with 90.8 per cent having had one shot and 84.8 per cent having had both. All four age categories above 50 have achieved at least an 80 per cent vaccination mark, with all four groups also cracking the 70 per cent mark.

The 30 to 39-year-old group is the lone age category which has not topped 70 per cent, sitting at 67.8 per cent, slipping below the 12- to 17-year-old group, who check in at 70.2 per cent.

According to provincial figures, which are measured differently than the health unit, 86.4 per cent of the district’s adult population has had at least one shot and 73.6 per cent have had both shots. In the 12 and older category it’s 74.6 per cent and 71.3 per cent respectively.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre on Friday ended its mass immunization clinic, leaving the health unit’s CLE clinic and pharmacies and physicians to wind down the vaccination campaign.