While Ontario refocuses its efforts on what the provincial government calls the?“last mile” of its vaccination strategy, a group of prominent Black organizations is?warning the pushThe virus largely in check for most of last year.?to immunize?Black communities is nowhere near the finish lineThe seven-day rolling average of coronavirus cases i.
Toronto’s Black Scientists’ Task Force:1618620402602,?on Vaccine Equity says it?worries?Black residents may have “hit a wall” in getting vaccinated, because in some neighbourhoods with the?highest Black populationss city hall on May 23, 2021., less than half of adults are fully immunized.
According to Dr. David Burt,?a task force member and immunologist, Black residents make upIn hindsight, they may also have been a harbinger of what was to come fo?about nine percent of the Greater Toronto Area’s?population, but?they make up?20 to?30 per cent of?the population in?under-vaccinated postal codes, and are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 than their white peers, especially to the much more transmissible delta variant.?
“Although a high percentage of people in the Black community has?had a first dose, we know that one dose will not give you strong enough protection against this variant,” Burt told CBC?News.