Relatively few COVID-19 cases reported after receiving first vaccine dose, data show
2021-05-03 from theglobeandmail.com
Only a small percentage of the millions of Canadians who’ve received their first vaccine dose have gone on to develop COVID-19, data show, and an even smaller share of that total have fallen seriously ill or died – proof of the benefits of doling out first doses fast, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.
Nearly 2,300 Canadians have contracted the virus more than two weeks after receiving their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, or 1.3 per cent of cases since the vaccine rollout began, according to PHAC. At least 53 of those people have died because of COVID-19.
The new data serve as a reminder that the first dose doesn’t provide foolproof protection against severe outcomes of COVID-19, which helps explain why public-health officials have urged Canadians to keep their guards up until they receive a second injection.
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