There’s an important addition in today’s update on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status: During November, unvaccinated people were 17.5 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated.
Hospitalization data provides a deeper look at the numbers in this twice-monthly report posted at the top of the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Also during November, the report shows, unvaccinated people were 4.9 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 31.1 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated.
We regularly tell Arizonans that COVID-19 vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of severe illness and death, along with reducing the chances that you will get infected. Adding a rate for hospitalization provides even stronger evidence for this protection.
If you have yet to get vaccinated, please do so as soon as possible. The report shows that every week since July 1, and across all age groups, people who were unvaccinated had significantly greater risks of testing positive for and being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19.
If you are fully vaccinated and have yet to get a booster dose, please take advantage of these safe, free, and highly effective vaccines to make sure your COVID-19 protection is up to date. A booster dose is recommended at least five months after Moderna or Pfizer and at least two months after Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
Vaccines and boosters are widely available. You can find a convenient provider at azhealth.gov/FindVaccine.