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Unvaccinated Adults Aged 50 and Older are 17 Times More Likely to Die From COVID

COVID-19, El American

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Over the weekend, Los Angeles County, California, reported 2,871 new cases and 10 deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the total to 1,383,186 cases and 25,071 deaths since the pandemic began. This information prompted the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to call on citizens to get vaccinated.

Although the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals dropped for the fourth consecutive day, from 1,746 on Saturday to 1,722, there were 439 COVID patients in intensive care on Sunday, compared to 435 the previous day.

Historical death rate from COVID-19 in Los Angeles. (Department of Public Health)

So officials once again reminded residents that vaccinated people have greater protection against the virus.

“Everyone who is not yet vaccinated needs to know they do not have the same protection as vaccinated people,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of Public Health, as reported by Fox LA.

COVID-19 vaccines are working.

According to their data, unvaccinated adults between the ages of 18 and 49 are 25 times more likely to be hospitalized of COVID-19 than vaccinated adults of the same age. Although “there have been virtually no deaths in vaccinees in this age group,” so it is not so simple to measure how many times more likely this unvaccinated demographic is to die from the disease.

The historical rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles. (Department of Public Health)

Meanwhile, adults over the age of 50 who have not received the vaccine are nearly 12 times more likely to be hospitalized than those vaccinated and are 17 times more likely to die victims of COVID-19.

“While the vaccines are not perfect, and many of us know someone who is fully vaccinated and ended up getting COVID, the three vaccines continue to do what we need them to do most: protect against the worst outcomes of COVID-19 and allow our hospitals and clinics to continue to provide the full range of services to all who need care,” Ferrer said.

Ferrer reported that 73 % of county residents 12 years of age and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Among the 10.3 million residents, 63 % have received at least one dose and 55 % are fully vaccinated.

Los Angeles County’s cumulative death toll rose to 25,061 on Saturday. As of then, there were 1,775 people diagnosed with COVID-19 currently hospitalized, 24 % of them in intensive care units.

Rate of deaths due to COVID-19 according to classifications. (Department of Public Health)

“While the highest hospitalization rate is among unvaccinated adults over age 50, the number of unvaccinated adults ages 18-49 have increased by 226 % since July 7,” Ferrer said.

“Relative to unvaccinated adults, hospitalization rates among vaccinees of all ages remain very low,” Ferrer added. “The data continues to show how well protected the vaccinated adults are. Our top priority is to vaccinate those who are not yet vaccinated.”

Vaccinated in Los Angeles County. (Department of Public Health)