While B.C. hit a milestone today, surpassing 75 per cent of adults with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, most areas of Richmond continue to trail behind.
The major outlier is Steveston, with 81 per cent of adults having received a vaccine as of yesterday. In the Gilmore/Shellmont/East/Hamilton region, 76 per cent of adults have received a dose, and 75 per cent in the East and West Cambie/Bridgeport area.
The other four regions in the city have below-average vaccination rates: 73 per cent in the Thompson/Seafair neighbourhood, 71 per cent in the City Centre and Blundell regions and 70 per cent in the Broadmoor area.
Although some Richmond neighbourhoods have slower vaccination rates, Health Minister Adrian Dix said yesterday that the gap between the city and provincial average is “closing fast.” Initially Richmond was about 15 per cent lower than provincial average in some neighbourhoods. That number has decreased to just five per cent.
Dix added that Richmond is above the provincial average in terms of vaccine registration, and thanked local media as well as MLAs, community members and Mayor Malcolm Brodie for helping with the effort.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said B.C. has used a variety of strategies, including pop-up and mobile clinics, to immunize as many people as possible.
“We know that we reach a certain level (of vaccination) and then we have to take different strategies to reach people,” said Henry. “Making it easier for people, understanding that it’s not just protecting you but it is protecting us all; making it convenient; and the other one is having confidence in the vaccine.”
Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel