Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Unvaccinated Colorado people are almost 4 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19

As of mid-August, Colorados who were not fully vaccinated were almost four times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, indicating that although vaccinations may lose some effectiveness in preventing infection, they still greatly reduce the risk of serious illness. risk.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last week ordered hospitals to begin reporting data on patient vaccinations. On Wednesday, the agency began to release the data to the public.

Compared with people who were not vaccinated, as of August 22, people who were at least two weeks after the last vaccination were 3.4 times less likely to test positive for COVID-19, and as of August 15 the likelihood of being hospitalized was reduced 3.8 times is not fully integrated.

The death data only lasts until July, but people who are fully vaccinated are about 5.8 times less likely to die at that time.

State epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said at a news conference on Wednesday that the delay in the report was to ensure that the data was as complete as possible.

“Most transmission, most hospitalization, occurs in our unvaccinated people,” Herlihy said.

On average, hospitalized patients who have not been vaccinated are younger than those who have had more severe breakthrough infections. As of mid-August, the average age of hospitalization after full vaccination was 73 years, but the average age of those who were not vaccinated was 58 years.

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Since June, delta variants have contributed to an increase in “breakthrough” infections in the vaccinated population. Herlihy said that the proportion of people over 80 in breakthrough cases is too high, possibly because they are unlikely to have a strong immune response.

Unvaccinated Colorado people are almost 4 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19
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