According to a statement released on Thursday, the province of Ontario recorded 678 new COVID-19 cases in the region.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said that of the 678 test-positive individuals, only 141 of them had received their full COVID-19 vaccine shots. The remaining 537—which comprise 80% of the total tally of new cases—are either totally unvaccinated or have only received their first dose of the vaccine.
Elliott added that 302 test-positive individuals are under hospital care, 271 of whom are partially vaccinated. Moreover, 165 of the newly-documented cases are being treated in intensive care, 155 of whom only received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The province of Ontario has already rolled out 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The total tally of test-positive cases in the region is already at 561,975, with 9,472 fatalities.
However, questions arise amongst vaccine-hesitant locals:
“If the vaccine is safe and effective, why do we see an increasingly larger number of fully vaccinated patients that end up in the hospitals?”