Unvaccinated patients make up most COVID-19 deaths

Published 2:45 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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According to data released by the Alabama Department of Public Health, of the 529 COVID-19 deaths in Alabama since April 1, 2021, only 20 people were fully vaccinated.

That means that 96.2 percent of deaths from COVID-19 in the past nearly three and one-half months in the state have occurred in people who were not fully vaccinated.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, ā€œCOVID-19 vaccines are our best defense in preventing serious disease as well as deaths, and this is especially important as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads. While it is possible to get any strain of the virus, infected people are much less likely to experience complications or hospitalizations if fully vaccinated.ā€

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COVID-19 case numbers are on the rise, and people need to take measures to protect themselves. More vulnerable people are at risk because of the low vaccination rate among eligible people in Alabama.