According to data from the National Institute of Public Health (INSPQ), COVID-19, the two most affected cities by Montreal and Laval also have lower vaccination rates.
Observers attributed the fears of vaccines to low trust in governments and past bad experiences in the health care system.
Lawrence Monnais, a historian at the University of Montreal, explains that even the most difficult access to vaccine clinics or the inability to take the time to receive a dose explains the low vaccination rate, especially in certain areas.
INSPQ reports that approximately 70% of Cubans aged 12 and over have so far received at least one dose of the vaccine. The ratio is 67.5% in Montreal and 67.3% in Laval.
However, Montreal Public Health statistics show that the rate is 70% in the city’s affluent neighborhoods.
In Montreal North, one of the most backward areas, the vaccination rate is only 43.8%. The COVID-19 pollution rate of 8,545 cases per 100,000 inhabitants of Montreal-North is the second highest in Quebec.
Villere – Saint-Michel – Park-extension and the boroughs of Saint-Leonard are other areas on the island of Montreal where the vaccination rate has not yet reached half of the population.
Lawrence Monnais was of the opinion that persuading people to resort to the vaccine was not enough; We also need to know why they refused.
The lowest rate in Quebec is in Nunavut. The dBack Mary Rochet, the area’s public health director, said many feared the vaccine would cause significant side effects as well as novelty.
And past cases of racism in the Northern Quebec Health Network raise suspicions among members of the Inuit communities.
However, Nunavic is one of the areas in Quebec that has the lowest incidence of COVID-19, which may also explain why many people choose not to be vaccinated, according toBack Rochette.