We’re a Little Behind on Vaccination

The good news in the Pontiac is that there hasn’t been a single new case reported here since the 18th. The less good news is that our vaccination rates could be a bit better. The Outaouais in general lags behind Quebec: only 66.3 percent have received at least one dose as of yesterday. Compare that to 71 percent of the entire Quebec population, or 80 percent of those 12 and up (who can actually get vaccinated right now).

Here in the Pontiac, only five municipalities have vaccination rates greater than the regional rate of 66.3 percent: Île-du-Grand-Calumet, Bristol, Thorne, Clarendon and Otter Lake range from 72.1 percent to 69.4 percent. Two small municipalities—Chichester and Waltham—have rates under 50 percent. The larger municipalities are in the high fifties and low sixties: Fort-Coulonge is 59.5 percent, Shawville is at 61.6 percent, and Mansfield-et-Pontefract is at 66 percent. Pontiac-the-Municipality, which if you remember is not part of the Pontiac MRC, is at 60.9 percent. Gatineau, for comparison, is at 64.1 percent.

Here’s a choropleth map from the CISSS de l’Outaouais showing one-dose vaccination rates by municipality:

Figure 1. Vaccine coverage (one dose) for the total population of the Outaouais as of 28 June 2021 (CISSS de l’Outaouais).

And here’s a graph I put together showing the one-dose vaccination rates by municipality in the Pontiac MRC as of June 29, based on this table (data for Litchfield is not available for some reason):

Figure 2. Vaccine coverage (one dose) for municipalities in the Pontiac MRC as of 29 June 2021 (graph: me; data: CISSS de l’Outaouais).