WINNIPEG - Manitoba's chief public health officer says the latest data from hospitals in the province is proof that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at giving people immunity against the virus.
Dr. Brent Roussin says hospital admissions due to COVID-19 infection went down by 45 per cent between May and June. Roussin says nearly three quarters of those who were sent to hospital for COVID-19 treatment last month hadn’t received a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, and 22 per cent had received one dose but tested positive within the two-week incubation period.
Manitoba has been seeing its lowest daily COVID-19 case counts since September after meeting its latest vaccination targets, with 76.3 per cent of Manitobans 12 years of age and older getting at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 57.2 per cent having been fully vaccinated.
Roussin says the province says it’s finalizing details for another relaxation of public health orders, expected to be announced this week. Current orders ban most indoor gatherings and place a maximum capacity of 25 on outdoor gatherings.