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COVID-19: 87% of New Westminster residents are now fully vaccinated

New West's upward climb is slowing, however, and the 90% benchmark – which has been reached by nine local health areas in B.C. – remains elusive
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87% of eligible New West residents (aged 12+) have now received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to BCCDC data.

One percentage point up from last week, 13 percentage points to go.

As of Oct. 19, 87% of eligible New Westminster residents (aged 12+) have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest B.C. Centre for Disease Control data.

The 90% benchmark remains elusive – and it's likely to be so for some time yet, since New West's numbers are now creeping up very slowly. Last week's fully vaccinated rate stood at 86%, where it had stayed for two weeks.

First-dose vaccination rates for all age groups plateaued over the past week, with the 12-to-17 age group still at 89%, the 18-to-49 age group still at 93% and the 50+ age group still at 91%.

Second-dose numbers, however, are climbing incrementally. The second-dose rate for youth (12 to 17) is now 82%, up from 81% last week. For younger adults (18 to 49), it's now 87%, up from 86% last week. The vaccination rate for older adults (aged 50+) stayed at 88%.

New Westminster remains among the most-vaccinated areas in B.C., with just 11 of B.C.'s 87 local health areas having higher rates of full vaccination among their eligible populations. New Westminster is now in a tie for that 12th spot with Burnaby, Richmond and Kitimat – the latter being the first Northern Health area to break into the province's top spots.

B.C. LEADERBOARD: Here's who has the highest percentage of fully vaccinated residents

  • Central Coast: 94%
  • Vancouver Northeast: 92%
  • Vancouver Midtown: 92%
  • Saanich Peninsula: 91%
  • Vancouver Westside: 90%
  • Vancouver South: 90%
  • Vancouver City Centre: 90%
  • North Vancouver: 90%
  • Greater Victoria: 90%
  • Delta: 89%
  • Howe Sound: 88%
  • Burnaby: 87%
  • New Westminster: 87%
  • Richmond: 87%
  • Kitimat: 87%

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