3 states have fully vaccinated more than 2/3 of residents. Elsewhere, hospitals are overwhelmed with unvaccinated Covid-19 patients

New data shows 26 states have fully vaccinated more than half their residents, and those with the highest vaccination rates have among the lowest Covid-19 cases.
Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts have fully vaccinated at least two-thirds of their population, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Critical care physician: Most Covid-19 patients are younger than 65. Some are as young as 20
Critical care physician: Most Covid-19 patients are younger than 65. Some are as young as 20
Those three states also have among the lowest new Covid-19 cases per capita over the past week, CDC data shows.

But elsewhere, hospitals are filling up with unvaccinated Covid-19 patients.

“We actually have the lowest ICU available rate that we’ve had since the start of this crisis, in part due to the unvaccinated with Covid and just other types of trauma that goes up seasonally this time of year,” Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said Friday.
“Some hospitals are reaching very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t be happening if people were vaccinated.”
In Florida, Covid-19 patients occupy 27 of the 28 ICU beds at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, hospital president Scott Smith said.
He said about 85% of the hospital’s Covid-19 patients are unvaccinated.
Some of those hospitalized ask for a Covid-19 vaccine too late, said pulmonologist Dr. Hudman Hoo, medical director of St. Anthony’s ICU ward.
“We have had patients that come and request, ‘Can I get a vaccine now?’ But they don’t understand that it’s something that’s meant to be preventative,” Hoo said.
More than 43% of Florida’s ICU beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients, according to data Saturday from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Nationwide, about 31% of ICU beds were taken up by Covid-19 patients.
Vaccines provide critical protection against variants
Despite the dominance of the more contagious Delta variant, vaccines are still highly effective against Covid-19 hospitalization, a CDC study found.
CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19
CDC study: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid-19
Among all ages, the Moderna vaccine was 95% effective against hospitalization, while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had an 80% effectiveness and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a 60% effectiveness, the study found.
But among those 75 and older, the study found vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization was 76%, compared to 89% for adults under 75.
“Fully vaccinated” still means at least two weeks have passed since the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or at least two weeks have passed since the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
But as federal health officials consider a booster dose for most Americans, the definition of fully vaccinated may change, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday.
“I anticipate over time that may be updated, but we will leave that to our advisers to give us some recommendations,” Walensky said.

 

 

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