A map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows where the vaccinations rates are higher and lower, as of Aug. 24, 2021. The darker green indicates a higher vaccination rate. (BCCDC)

A map from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control shows where the vaccinations rates are higher and lower, as of Aug. 24, 2021. The darker green indicates a higher vaccination rate. (BCCDC)

Some Abbotsford areas still well below B.C.’s average vaccination rate

Central Abbotsford has lowest rate, at 65 per cent, says B.C. Centre for Disease Control

Vaccination rates in Abbotsford are currently among the lowest the Fraser Valley, and below the provincial average.

As of Monday, 83.2 per cent of eligible people in B.C. have received their first dose and 74.9 have received their second. In Abbotsford, those numbers are slightly lower, at 79 per cent having their first dose, and 68 per cent having their second dose.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control breaks the numbers down even further, though. Their data shows that people in East and West Abbotsford are 71 per cent fully vaccinated, compared to just 67 per cent in rural Abbotsford and 65 in Central Abbotsford.

Abbotsford’s total vaccination rate is the fourth lowest in the Fraser Valley, tied with Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs. Hope is the lowest at 61 per cent, and Delta is the highest at 80 per cent.

New public health orders will require showing a vaccination passport beginning Sept. 13, when at least one vaccination shot will be required to attend movies, restaurants, pubs and other non-essential places. A second dose will be required by Oct. 24. Post-secondary students living in dorms will also have to be vaccinated, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced Tuesday.

Abbotsford’s COVID-19 case rate has remained steady for the past two weeks, though, at 6 cases per 100,000 people.

People ages 12 and up are eligible for vaccinations.

READ MORE: Proof of vaccination to be required for B.C. sports, movies, restaurants


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