Slave Lake still lags behind province for COVID vax

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

As of January 7, 73 per cent of Albertans had two-doses of COVID-19, says alberta.ca. However, only 59.9 per cent of people in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (LGA) were fully vaccinated.

The Slave Lake LGA includes Slave Lake, Red Earth Creek, the majority of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, and three First Nations: Sawridge, Loon Lake, and Peerless Trout.

Vaccine percentages vary by age group; see graph for the Slave Lake LGA percentages.

On January 4, 2022, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta chief medical officer of health said, “Omicron has arrived as a perfect storm of increased transmissibility, immune escape from both previous infection and two doses of vaccine, and enough early signs of reduced severity at an individual level to be tempting to not take seriously.”

The government urges people to get vaccinated, to limit social interaction, and use rapid COVID tests.

According to alberta.ca, vaccines take 14 days to provide full protection, so statistics around vaccines and contracting the virus, hospitalization, and deaths are calculated based on 14 days after a first or second dose.

From January 1, 2021 to January 7, 2022, only 0.4 per cent of people with one dose (after 14 days) and 2.3 per cent (after 14 days) contracted COVID-19, says alberta.ca.

The website also has percentage of total cases which were unvaccinated. During that time, 69.9 per cent of all COVID cases, 80.5 per cent of people hospitalized for COVID, and 75 per cent of people who died from COVID were unvaccinated.

All Albertans five and older can receive a first or second dose, says alberta.ca. The time between second and booster COVID shots is now five months. All Albertans 18 and older are eligible. Vaccines can be booked at https://bookvaccine.alberta.ca/vaccine/s/, participating pharmacies, or by calling 811.

The percentage of people by age in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area who have received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone five and older is eligible.
Graph built by Leader staff with statistics from alberta.ca.

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