Community COVID-19 vaccination rates vary in St. Clair County
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, so does the response to residents’ vaccinations.
What the vaccination rate looks like in your community depends on where you live, according to data gathered by the St. Clair County Health Department.
According to the local health department, St. Clair County’s COVID vaccination rate as of October 25 was 55.4% with only a change of 0.3% from the previous week. This applies to those who had received a first dose.
That’s lower than the state’s first dose rate by about 69% for residents over 16, according to the state’s Vaccine Dashboard as of Thursday.
But when broken down by zip code, some rates get much smaller.
The health department has broken down the coronavirus vaccination data, provided Thursday night, based on each zip code in the area, and many communities outside or in the west of the county have the lowest rates .
On Tuesday, Dr Annette Mercatante, the county medical officer of health, said some areas of the county may see more reluctance or resistance to vaccination.
She said a smaller number of offices of health care providers can also carry vaccines, “which may lead to less discussion about vaccines and / or vaccine recommendations.”
“Some sections of the western part of the county may have a lower covid vaccination rate. However, there are also sections in parts of Port Huron and the southern part of the county that also have lower rates, ”Mercatante said via email. “Again, vaccine hesitancy, vaccine mistrust / misinformation, etc., may play a role.”
According to the data, the rate of full vaccination for people of all ages relative to the number of new cases and the rate of cases per 100,000 from September 1 to October 26 was as follows:
- 48001, Township of Algonac and Clay: 45% and 225 new / 1,893 per 100,000
- 48002, Allenton and canton of Berlin: 38% and 26 / 1,113
- 48006, townships of Avoca, Greenwood and Kenockee: 35% and 61 / 1,466
- 48014, Capac: 35% and 73 / 1,758
- 48022, Emmett: 36% and 52/1992
- 48023, Fair Haven and Township of Ira: 41% and 148/2891
- 48027, Township of Goodells and Wales: 40% and 54/1695
- 48028, Harsens Island: 55% and 15/1456
- 48032, township of Jeddo and Grant: 44% and 26/1382
- 48039, Ville Marine and Canton de Cottrellville: 44% and 169/2223
- 48040, Marysville: 53% and 165/1694
- 48041, Township of Memphis and Riley: 32% and 62 / 1,381
- 48049, North Street and Clyde Township: 45% and 96 / 1,753
- 48,054, Eastern China and Chinese cantons: 51% and 162/2253
- 48059, Fort Gratiot and township of Burtchville: 53% and 288/1 926
- 48060, Port Huron: 43% and 811/2 051
- 48063, Columbus Township: 41% and 91/2261
- 48064, canton of Casco: 41% and 96/2372
- 48074, Smiths Creek and Kimball Township: 44% and 167 / 1,825
- 48079, Sainte-Claire: 51% and 225 / 1,853
- 48097, townships of Yale and Brockway and Lynn: 32% and 77 / 1,452
The health department stressed that the data was provisional and that its report, in some areas incomplete, although it also includes the number of COVID cases specifically for 5 to 18 year olds.
The highest rate of new cases in this age group per capita at 3,923 was in the Fair Haven and Ira Township area, where there were 41 new cases in the same period since early September.
Capac posted the lowest rate for youth at 572 per 100,000 and six new cases, followed by Township of Memphis and Riley at 857 per capita and nine cases and Townships of Yale and Brockway and Lynn at 944 per capita and 13 case.
Port Huron, with the highest number of new cases overall, showed 206 in the young and 2,467 per 100,000 in the age group.
Marysville showed 28 and 1,392 and Fort Gratiot and Burtchville 67 and 2,303.
To learn more about vaccine options, visit www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/COVID-19_Vaccine.aspx.
Contact Jackie Smith at (810) 989-6270 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ Jackie20Smith.