90 percent of Big Canoe COVID-19 questionnaire respondents report that they are vaccinated

By POA Staff

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the recent Big Canoe COVID-19 vaccination status questionnaire.

This emailed questionnaire enabled Big Canoe to report information not available from any other source – and has been challenging to gather because Big Canoe is in two counties and some Property Owners have received their vaccinations outside of the area.

There were 1,336 total households that reported on the vaccination status of 2,840 individuals. Of that group:

2,558 individuals or 90% said they had been vaccinated
21 individuals, or 0.7%, said they had been partially vaccinated
261 individuals or 9.2% said they had not been vaccinated

The questionnaire’s 48 percent response rate was comparable to that of other Big Canoe surveys, which in recent years have ranged from 40% with the 2019 Chambers Facility Survey to 50% with the 2021 Big Canoe Census.

Individual reporting data from the COVID questionnaire is confidential and has since been deleted.

The CDC lists the following actions as the best mitigation factors to reduce infection or spread of COVID and its variants:

Get vaccinated
Wear a mask
Stay 6 feet away from others
Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces
Wash your hands often
Cover coughs and sneezes
Clean and disinfect
Monitor your health daily

Among the recommendations from the CDC if you are fully vaccinated:

You can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic, but you should wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission to maximize protection from the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others. If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.
People with moderately to severely compromised immune systems should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses.
If you are not fully vaccinated and age 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places. In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

On Sept. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study monitoring instances of COVID-19 cases. The study found that people who were not fully vaccinated in the spring or summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated.

The POA Board policy is that Property Owners are mature, informed individuals who know their general health condition and vaccination status and are fully capable of making decisions in their best interest. It is not a statement that all owners should carry on without restriction in the face of the Delta variant. Rather, individual Property Owners should act responsibly given their risk tolerance. At this time, the POA will not institute a mask mandate for Property owners or guests.

We trust that the questionnaire results provide information that owners will use to govern their choices.

If you are a Property Owner and you did not receive the questionnaire, write to surveys@bigcanoepoa.org to ensure you receive future surveys.

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