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COVID-19 second dose vaccinations among eligible Burnaby children continue to lag

Newly detected COVID-19 infections in Burnaby also dropped in the past week.
A BCCDC report says 35% of children aged 5-11 in Burnaby have received one dose of COVID-19 as of Dec. 20, 2021.

Updated provincial data shows second dose vaccinations against COVID-19 among eligible Burnaby children continue to stall. 

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) COVID-19 surveillance dashboard, Burnaby sits at 57 per cent as of June as of June 26, 2022. 

The updated number is the same as it was in the previous update on June 19, 2022. 

Meanwhile, health officials say its updated data shows new detected infections dropped in Burnaby during the past week. 

According to the BC Centre for Disease Control's (BCCDC) Geographic Distribution of COVID-19 by Local Health Area of Case Residence, Burnaby saw 26 new cases from June 19 to 25. 

Burnaby saw 34 cases from June 12 to 18. 

As B.C. enters its third summer since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, infections continue to fall, as they typically do during the summer months.

While COVID-19 case counts are down across Canada, public health officials are concerned there could be a spike in certain Omicron variant infections, such as the BA.4 and BA.5, entering the fall flu season.

Canada’s chief public health officer is therefore urging all Canadians to get a third vaccine, as two doses offer less protection against Omicron strains.

In its weekly update, for the period of June 19 to 25, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) reports that there were 620 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., 169 hospital admissions, and 17 deaths.

That’s down from 642 new cases, 273 hospitalizations and 32 deaths for the previous reporting period of June 12 to 18, and down from 62 deaths reported for the week of June 5 to 11.

Since switching to weekly reporting, the BCDC now provides COVID-19 data from the previous week.

The BCCDC's dashboard, which provides slightly more up-to-date information on hospitalizations, reports that there were 273 people in B.C. hospitals who are COVID-19 positive as of June 30, and 28 in critical care.

Hospitalization and death statistics are not necessarily an accurate reflection of illness and death caused specifically by the COVID-19 virus. Not all people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are there because of COVID-19. Hospital data includes all people who test positive for COVID-19, even if they are admitted to hospital for other reasons, the BCCDC notes.

- with files from Nelson Bennett, Business In Vancouver