COVID-19 vaccines save lives, keep more Pennsylvanians out of hospital
Groundbreaking updated data proves vaccines still work
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released a report on COVID-19 post-vaccination events, commonly referred to as “breakthroughs,” showing vaccines continue to save lives and keep more people away from the disease. hospital.
“What we continue to see is that the vaccines that are widely available for all people 12 years of age and older are very effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, although more post-vaccination cases are occurring in the background. more communicable variants, ”Acting Health Secretary Alison said. Beam said in releasing the latest data from Pennsylvania as further evidence of vaccine effectiveness.
Acting GP Dr Denise Johnson explained: “From a clinical perspective, we expect to see the number of breakthrough cases increase as more people get vaccinated. It’s like what we saw with seat belt use years ago. As the number of people wearing seat belts has increased, the number of car accidents involving people wearing seat belts has increased. However, the overall auto accident death rate has declined. Your chances of dying in a car accident decrease dramatically if you wear a seat belt. Likewise, your chances of dying from COVID-19 decrease dramatically if you are fully vaccinated. “
Data this month shows that fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians fare much better than unvaccinated ones, even though the more infectious variant of COVID-19 continues to dominate the country.
74% of the 4,989 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 over the past month were unvaccinated Pennsylvanians.
“This means that fully vaccinated people are more than three times more likely to stay out of hospital due to COVID-19,” Dr Johnson said. “Another way to look at it, if you play the lottery and you could do something to triple your chances of hitting the jackpot, would you? “
“This is why doctors across the state want all of their eligible patients to be vaccinated,” she said. “Vaccination greatly increases their chances of avoiding COVID-19 and staying out of the hospital where our healthcare workers are already overwhelmed. “
Examination of the number of COVID-19 cases over the past 30 days shows that 74% of the 135,098 people who tested positive were not vaccinated. Data on the number of post-vaccination deaths in the last 30 days is not yet available due to a 60-day lag in the reporting and verification process. Data since the start of the year is provided below.
When reviewing longer-term data, between January 1 and October 4, 2021:
- 91% of reported COVID-19 cases involved unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. Of a total of 771,734 cases, 69,822, or nine percent, were identified as post-vaccination cases. The cumulative incidence of cases among unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 5.6 times higher than the incidence of cases among fully vaccinated.
- 93% of hospitalizations reported with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis / cause of admission were in people not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated. Of a total of 44,095 hospitalizations with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis / cause of admission reported in Pennsylvania, 3,247, or 7%, of all hospitals and 78% of acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania, accounting for about 80% of acute care beds in Pennsylvania. state.
- 93% of COVID-19-related deaths were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Out of a total of 7,625 COVID-19-related deaths that occurred among 2021 COVID-19 cases, the latest data shows that 518, or seven percent, were identified as deaths among post-vaccination cases. The cumulative incidence of death among unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 6.0 times higher than the incidence of death among fully vaccinated.
“Examining this data over time helps inform our understanding of factors such as potential decline in immunity,” said Dr. Johnson. “These data are consistent with national trends and similar to data reviewed by the FDA and CDC, which made it possible to recommend a booster dose for vulnerable populations several months after the end of the primary series.
“What is quite clear to me is that the vaccines are working as intended to help keep more people out of hospital and alive after COVID-19,” Dr Johnson said. “Because I know it can save their lives, I encouraged all of my family, friends and others to get the vaccine and, when eligible, to get a booster dose. “
Post-vaccination data are now posted on: PA Post-Vaccination Data.