More vaccinated people are getting hospitalized with COVID-19, but unvaccinated still make up the majority of new cases, according to Pennsylvania reports.
The report reads:
- 91 percent of reported COVID-19 cases were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 771,734 cases, 69,822, or nine percent, have been identified as post-vaccination cases. Cumulative case incidence among the unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 5.6 times higher than the case incidence among the fully vaccinated.
- 93 percent of reported hospitalizations with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis/cause of admission were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 44,095 hospitalizations with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis/cause of admission reported in Pennsylvania, 3,247, or 7 percent, of all hospitals and 78 percent of acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania, representing approximately 80 percent of acute care beds in the state.
- 93 percent of COVID-19-related deaths were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 7,625 COVID-19-related deaths occurring among 2021 COVID-19 cases, the latest data shows 518, or seven percent, were identified as deaths among post-vaccination cases. Cumulative death incidence among the unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 6.0 times higher than the death incidence among the fully vaccinated.
Health experts still stress the importance of getting the vaccine. They say that vaccinations are still effective and remain the best prevention tool to avoid hospitalization and death.
A booster vaccine has only been approved for Pfizer, while discussions over approving a booster dose for Moderna & Johnson & Johnson are expected to take place this month nationwide.
“What is completely clear to me is that vaccines are working as intended to help keep more people out of the hospital and alive after COVID-19,” said Acting PA Physician General Denise Johnson. “Because I know it can save their lives, I have encouraged all of my family, friends, and others to get vaccinated and, when they are eligible, to get a booster dose.”
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