Report states unvaccinated are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 related issues

Thursday, September 30, 2021
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In a continued effort to encourage Montanans to get the COVID-19 vaccination, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) on Monday released a report based on eight months of Montana-specific data that indicates vaccinated people are five times more likely to not end up hospitalized with COVID and three times more likely not to die.

Based on data from February to September 2021, the report found that “89.5 percent of the cases, 88.6 percent of hospitalizations and 83.5 percent of the deaths were among persons not fully vaccinated, including those not yet eligible for vaccination,” according to a press release from DPHHS.

“The data (is) overwhelming. The COVID-19 vaccine offers the best protection against infection and at preventing severe illness,” said DPHHS Director Adam Meier in the press release. “Clinical trials have found that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe COVID-19-related outcomes. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated and still have questions, I encourage all eligible Montanans to consult with their healthcare provider or pharmacist.”

As of Wednesday, Sept. 29, 53 percent of the entire state was fully vaccinated, which amounts to 486,897 people. Stillwater County is 41 percent vaccinated, which amounts to 3,497 people.

The DPHHS report also noted the impact of COVID-19 on younger age groups. Adults aged 18 to 39 had the highest number of cases compared with other age groups among both the fully vaccinated and unvaccinated. However, adults in this age group who were not fully vaccinated experienced case rates 4.4 times higher than fully vaccinated persons in this age group.

The report also showed a notable age gap between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with severe COVID-19 related outcomes, with severe outcomes occurring at younger ages among those not fully vaccinated compared with fully vaccinated individuals, according to the press release.