For the first time in the last 3 months, the state Department of Health Services publicized their newest COVID-19 data, including the differences in illness, hospitalization rates and even death rates amongst those vaccinated and those not fully vaccinated!
That being said, what they were able to find was that in the month of March, those unvaccinated were being diagnosed with the virus at very similar rates when compared to those fully vaccinated.
More precisely, unvaccinated patients were diagnosed at a rate 1.1 times higher than fully vaccinated patients, something that is being attributed to the emergence of the omicron variant.
At the same time, it has to be noted that hospitalization and death rates were also significantly lower all around when compared to previous months.
But while the infection rates were so similar, the same data shows that those not fully vaccinated were hospitalized at a rate 2.4 times higher and lost their lives at a 3.4 times higher rate than those fully vaccinated, which suggests that the vaccine is still efficient in protecting people from severe illness and death.
The previous DHS report was released in January and featured data from December that showed people not fully vaccinated were no less than 10 times more likely to end up in the hospital and 14 times more likely to lose their lives to COVID-19 when compared to those fully vaccinated.
The same data also included the rates for January and February that showed people not fully vaccinated were infected with COVID at a 1.3 times higher rate than those fully vaccinated, overall.
In the month of January, unvaccinated people were 3.4 times more likely to get hospitalized with severe COVID and 7.4 times more likely to lose their lives as a result of infection with the virus.
As for the month of February, those not vaccinated fully were apparently 2.8 times more likely to need hospitalization upon contracting the virus and 5.5 times more likely to die because of complications related to the virus.