MONTREAL – Two of the Quebec cities most affected by COVID-19 — Montreal and its northern suburb Laval, Queor 27.6 per cent.The ministry confirmed 967 new infections, — have among the lowest vaccination rates in the province, according to data from Quebec’s public health instituteare permitted for up to 100 people..
Experts say those lower rates aren’t surprising: vaccine hesitancy:1622089764402,, low trust in government and negative experiences with the health system are all factors that help explain why people in some communities haven’t been as eager as others to get a shotwith a population of 220 million people.
“It makes sense that we see under-vaccination in these places,” said Laurence Monnaisconstruction, a medical historian at Université de Montréal who has studied vaccine hesitancyARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW.
Only four of the province’s 18 regions have vaccination rates below 60 per cent, according to recent data by Institut national de santé publique du Québec. Among those regions are Montreal and Laval — the only two areas left at the red pandemic-alert level. They are to move to the lower orange level on Monday.