City centre has had low vaccine uptake

Richmond’s city centre has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the province.

Only 45 per cent of adults in the neighbourhood had received their first dose as of yesterday, according to data released this week by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

With 64 per cent of its adult residents vaccinated, Steveston has the highest rate in Richmond. This slightly exceeds the average vaccination rate across B.C., which was just under 60 per cent as of yesterday’s update from provincial health officials.

The other five Richmond regions’ vaccination rates are as follows:

• 54 per cent in Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton

• 52 per cent in Thompson/Seafair

• 49 per cent in Blundell

• 49 per cent in Broadmoor

• 49 per cent in East and West Cambie/Bridgeport

Vaccination rates among adults age 50-plus are also higher in Steveston, with 83 per cent of those residents having received a vaccine. Once again, the city centre region had the lowest vaccination rate, with 67 per cent of adults age 50-plus having received a vaccine.

In the other five regions, vaccination rates are as follows:

• 76 per cent in Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton

• 74 per cent in Thompson/Seafair

• 73 per cent in East and West Cambie/Bridgeport

• 70 per cent in Blundell

• 70 per cent in Broadmoor

The new information dashboard also shares average daily case rate per 100,000 population. This is highest in the East and West Cambie/Bridgeport region, with 27 new cases between May 11 and 17—equivalent to 14.2 per 100,000 population. In comparison, the Blundell region had just six new cases in the same time frame, equivalent to 4.4 per 100,000 population.

In the other five regions, average daily case rates between May 11 and 17 are as follows:

• 12 new cases in Broadmoor (6.6 per 100,000 population)

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• 16 new cases in Thompson/Seafair (6.4 per 100,000 population)

• 21 new cases in Richmond city centre (5.0 per 100,000 population)

• Eight new cases in Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton (5.0 per 100,000 population)

• Nine new cases in Steveston (4.7 per 100,000 population)

In terms of test positivity, the city centre region had the lowest rate between May 11 and 17, at just 2.3 per cent. In the East and West Cambie/Bridgeport region, positivity rate sat at 9.2 per cent during the same time frame. As of yesterday, the provincial seven-day average positivity rate was 6.5 per cent.

Positivity rate in the other five regions between May 11 and 17 are as follows:

• 6.2 per cent in Broadmoor

• 6.2 per cent in Steveston

• 5.7 per cent in Thompson/Seafair

• 3.9 per cent in Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton

• 3.8 per cent in Blundell

More information from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control is available online.

TORONTO STAR