WELLINGTON COUNTY – Newly-released data from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) reveals the majority of new COVID-19 cases in the region are in those who haven’t received a vaccine.
The data, which comes from the unit’s case and contact management system, breaks down 221 COVID-19 cases reported between June 20 and July 31.
Of those, 208 cases or 94.1% were in unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals, while 13 of the new cases (5.9%) were found in those who had received two vaccine doses.
Unvaccinated persons accounted for 128 cases or 57.9%, while 80 cases (36.2%) occurred in those who were partially vaccinated – meaning less than 14 days after receiving a second dose or after 14 days of their first dose.
WDGPH spokesperson Danny Williamson stated in an email the data is “consistent with what we’re seeing across Ontario and other jurisdictions.
“Increasingly, those who get COVID-19 are overwhelmingly those who are unvaccinated. Moreover, those who are vaccinated and contract the virus tend to have much better outcomes.”
According to Public Health Ontario (PHO) data, cases in unvaccinated persons made up 95.4% of cases reported in the province from Dec. 14, 2020 to July 24, 2021, while cases in those fully vaccinated only accounted for 0.5% of new cases.
PHO data also shows unvaccinated persons were far more likely to end up hospitalized and to die.
Unvaccinated cases accounted for 92.6% of hospitalizations and 92.3% of deaths during the seven-month period, compared to 0.7% of hospitalizations and 1% of deaths in the two-dose vaccinated.