By Kenyon Stronski
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
As of Nov. 18, 2021, 6,772,885 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, with 88.2 per cent of the 12 plus population having at least one dose, and 82.8 per cent fully vaccinated. Out of these numbers, only 1,990 have had a adverse event following immunization (AEFI) and this represents 1,945 people and 2,070 symptoms; 1,272 of these are related to Pfizer, 508 to Moderna and 209 to AstraZeneca. The most common is an allergic reaction with 643 AEFI’s.
The 60-74 and 75 and above population has received more of the vaccination than any other age group, and the 20-39 age group of the population is the lowest vaccinated despite being the second highest initially. Rural areas are the lowest vaccinated with the High Level area being the lowest with only 24.8 per cent of all ages having one dose. The M.D. of Taber has 47.5 per cent of all ages vaccinated with one dose, while 59.8 per cent above 12 have one dose. Taber is one of the lowest, and is only beat by the County of Forty Mile with 53.1 per cent of ages 12 plus having one dose and High Level with 34.6 per cent. The County of Warner has 72.7, the County of Lethbridge has 70.4, and Vulcan County has 70.2.