The vast majority of Texans who have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the year have not been vaccinated, according to a grim new Texas health department report released Monday.
A Texas Department of Public Health report looked at data from January 15 to October 1 and found that unvaccinated people were much more likely to catch and die from the coronavirus than those who received the vaccine.
Of the nearly 29,000 COVID-related deaths in Texas during this period, more than 85% were unvaccinated. Almost 7% of deaths were among partially vaccinated people, while almost 8% were fully vaccinated.
The numbers show how much more at risk the unvaccinated population is this year: across all age groups, unvaccinated people in the state were 40 times more likely to die than fully vaccinated people. The study also found that unvaccinated people of all age groups are 45 times more likely to contract the coronavirus than fully vaccinated people. He also took a close look at the September data and highlighted the impact of the highly contagious variant of the delta, which was causing the surge in Texas, as it did in most of the country.
The report from Texas health officials highlighted the risk of cases and deaths among the unvaccinated skyrocketing, echoing the signals that public health officials beat throughout the year. The report, which Texas health officials say is the first statistical assessment of the real impact of coronavirus vaccines, also highlights the impact in the state, where Republican leaders have stepped up attacks on public health strategies throughout the pandemic. Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned any organization in the state from mandating vaccines for workers or clients.
“This analysis quantifies what we’ve known for months,” said state chief epidemiologist Jennifer Shford. “COVID-19 vaccines are excellent at protecting people from disease and death from COVID-19. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from this deadly disease. “
Schuford’s remarks confirm the views of other health leaders, including Rochelle Walenski, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who characterized the country’s trial as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”
While Texas still has an average of more than 3,200 new infections and nearly 110 new deaths per day, the state, as well as the country as a whole, has seen a decline in overall cases and deaths, according to data tracked by The Washington. Post.
Almost 54% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, less than the national vaccination rate of 58.4%.
The state’s data “shows what we already knew – that unvaccinated people increase the risk of severe COVID illness and death, and we now have data to support this,” said Bhavna Lall, an assistant professor at the University of Houston College of Medicine. …
She said she was concerned that leaders are questioning public health mitigation measures and vaccination mandates, especially in the state, which has more than 70,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic – one of the highest total deaths in the country.
“When we discuss mitigation measures, we are not helping in any way,” she said. “We know what is working to reduce the spread of COVID. We know vaccinations work, we know camouflage works. “
Recent CDC findings have also highlighted the risks to the unvaccinated. A CDC study published in September found that people who were not fully vaccinated in the spring and summer are more than 10 times more likely to end up in hospital and 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than people who were fully vaccinated.
A new report from Texas also presents results for several weeks from September 4 to October 1, which the health department said researchers wanted to analyze to measure the vaccine’s effectiveness as the delta version soared in the state.
During this time period, unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from a COVID-related cause than fully vaccinated people, and they were 13 times more likely to contract the virus than fully vaccinated people.
“Real-time data in Texas speaks to science and adds power to important scientific and evidence-based practices recommended by the CDC, the state health department, physicians and health systems that work with vaccines,” said Rama Thyagarajan. Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dell School of Medicine in Austin.
She noted that a small percentage of the deceased fully vaccinated Texans “were likely the oldest and sickest in the group.”
The report notes that the majority of deaths, over 35%, occurred among people 75 and older, followed by about 25% of deaths among people aged 65 to 74.
The report notes that while the coronavirus vaccine had strong protective effects in all people, the results varied by age with respect to protective effects on COVID-related deaths. Unvaccinated people in their 40s are 55 times more likely to die from COVID-19 in September than fully vaccinated people of the same age. For people aged 75 and over, unvaccinated people are 12 times more likely to die than those vaccinated during this period.
The report also highlights the severity of the impact of the delta option as a whole. Regardless of vaccination status, the report says, Texans are four to five times more likely to catch the coronavirus or die from COVID in August, when the option was prevalent in the state, than in April before it was released. was widespread.
Lall said that “it is sad to see that at a time when the delta-delta was increasing dramatically, we had so many people … dying because they simply did not receive the vaccine.”
She said the latest report from Texas, which shows the protection afforded by vaccinations, highlighted the need to encourage not only more vaccinations, but also public health measures that can help stop the spread of the virus.
“We need to know that other parts of the world are seeing dramatic increases – Europe now has a high rate of COVID cases – and if we don’t vaccinate more people in America, we will still be at risk,” she said, adding: “Nobody does not want to repeat these bursts over and over again. “