Herd immunity not possible without vaccinating children, warns Public Health Ontario | COVID-19

Herd immunity not possible without vaccinating children, warns Public Health Ontario | COVID-19

LEAVE IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE 12 AND UNDER. WE MUST MAINTAIN TOUGH PROTOCOLS UNTIL A POINT. THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO SAYS HER IMMUNITY WON’T BE POSSIBLE UNTIL THERE’S A VACCINE FOR CHILD AND UNDER 12 EXPERTS SAY THE CRITICAL THRESHOLD IS NOW ESTIMATED AT 90% OF THE ONTARIO POPULATION AND 100% OF THE VACCINE ELIGIBLE POPULATION. >> WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN ONTARIO WHO ARE NOT YET VACCINATED DESPITE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SOME OF THE BEST VACCINATION RATES AND THE ENTIRE WORLD. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT’S A LARGE ENOUGH POOL OF PEOPLE TO CAUSE SIGNIFICANT HARM TO NOT ONLY THEIR OWN HEALTH BUT THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY AROUND THEM. >> Reporter: HERD IMMUNITY IS DEFINED AS THE POINT AT WHICH AN ENOUGH MEMBERS OF THE POPULATION OF RESISTANCE TO INFECTION BY A PATHOGEN EITHER BY ANTIBODIES, GENERATED THROUGH PRIOR INFECTION OR THROUGH VACCINATION. IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE THERE’S A VACCINE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12. >> UNVACCINATED PEOPLE HAVE NO PROTECTION FROM VACCINATED PEOPLE AS TIME GOES ON AND WE ARE NOT SEEING THE KINDS OF HERD IMMUNITY WHERE THAT SHIELDING OF UNVACCINATED INDIVIDUALS IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS. AGAIN, WHEN YOU APPROACH THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, UNTIL HE CAN GET THE PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 12 VACCINATED, WE ARE USING EVERY BUNDLE OF CONTROL THAT WE CAN. >> SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO MISINFORMATION AND DISINFORMATION. DOES A LOT OF REASONS WHY PEOPLE ARE ON THE FENCE OR REFUSING AND IT’S ABOUT ENGAGING, GOING ONE-ON-ONE, ONE BY ONE. IS A VERY SLOW EFFORT. >> IT’S COMPLICATED BUT I FEEL LIKE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BE SAFE RIGHT NOW. SO I WOULD SAY THAT WE NEED TO KEEP DOING THIS UNTIL THEY GET VACCINATED. >> EIGHT IF THE SCIENCE SAYS YOU NEED 90% AND WE NEED TO GET THOSE — THAT MEANS WE HAD TO GET THOSE 12 AND UNDER FAXED. >> Reporter: HE SAYS IT DOES NOT EXPECT COVID TRANSMISSIONS TO ENTER LONG-TERM DECLINE UNTIL 90% OF THE POPULATION IS FULLY VACCINATED AND THAT MAY NOT BE REACHED UNTIL THE SPRING OF 2022. AS HE HEARD FR
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