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Vaccination rates vary greatly in the Interior Health region

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June 18, 2021 - 11:18 AM

The percentage of people over the age of 12 who received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine varies in the Interior Health region from a low of 58 per cent in Kettle Valley to a high of 76 per cent in Kamloops Centre South.

Data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control show that there’s not necessarily a correlation between vaccination rates and new cases of COVID.

Kamloops Centre North, for example, only had a 69 per cent vaccination rate as of June 14. That’s seven points less than the southern part of the city. But, both areas of the city only recorded one case per 100,000 residents in the week leading up to June 14.

Kettle Valley, with the lowest vaccination rate in the region, recorded zero cases per 100,000.

At the top end of the case count scale, Central Okanagan Rural recorded 16 cases per 100,000. It had a vaccination rate of 65 per cent.

Penticton had a 72 per cent vaccination rate and one case per 100,000 while the Glenmore neighbourhood of Kelowna recorded seven cases per 100,000 with the same vaccination rate of 72 per cent.

Kelowna’s Rutland neighbourhood, at 62 per cent, and Lake Country, at 64 per cent, continue to have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the region and have case numbers to match at six per 100,000 in Lake Country and eight per 100,000 in Rutland.

In terms of actual case numbers, the total number of new COVID-19 cases dropped slightly in the Interior Health region over the past week.

The Central Okanagan saw cases fall to 100 during the week of June 6-12 from 115 the week before, according to other data on the B.C. Centre for Disease Control website.

This map shows new COVID-19 case counts by Local Health Area from june 6-12.
This map shows new COVID-19 case counts by Local Health Area from june 6-12.
Image Credit: Submitted/B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Cases dropped to 12 from 15 in Kamloops, to 38 from 42 in Vernon and to three from nine in Penticton.

The total drop in the entire Interior Health region was only by 17 cases, to 215. That’s because most Local Health Areas in the East Kootenays saw increases.

Cranbrook, for example, jumped to 19 from eight and Windermere had eight cases, up from three the week before.

As of yesterday, June 16, there were 320 active cases in the Interior Health region, with 13 people in hospital, six of whom were in intensive care.

See more data from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control here.

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