Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

According to Interior Health, most of the recent COVID-19 cases among students in the region have been in children under 12 – the group not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Since Interior Health resumed updating their school exposure list this fall, most schools reporting possible COVID-19 exposure incidents have been at the elementary level.

Of the 22 Kamloops area schools that have reported exposure incidents since September, only three have been high schools. Another three of these schools offer kindergarten to grade 12 classes.

“Most of the recent COVID-19 cases reported among domestic students have been in those younger than 12 years, reflecting the population not yet eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine,” confirmed Interior Health to Castanet Kamloops in a statement.

“While exposures still occur in high schools, positive cases generally occur in people who are not immunized, which is similar to what we see more broadly in the general adult population.”

According to data from the BC CDC in the Interior Health region, 64 percent of those aged 12 to 17 have had two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine; 74 percent of this age group have received one dose.

BC The CDC data show that in the whole province there were about 24 cases per 100,000 people aged 11 and younger from September 21 to October 20.

In the same time period, there were about 2 cases per. 100,000 in fully vaccinated adolescents aged 12 to 17. That number rose to 13 cases per year. 100,000 in adolescents with only one dose of the vaccine, and over 43 cases per 100,000 in those who were unvaccinated.

“For all age groups, those who are fully vaccinated have very low cases,” Interior Health said.

According to the health authority, as of Monday afternoon, there are eight schools in the Kamloops area that have reported potential COVID-19 exposure incidents – so named because a student has potentially come into contact with a test positive case.

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