State: Few hospitalizations, deaths reported in vaccinated


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State numbers show the overwhelming number of people hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said Alabama has seen 1,230 virus deaths since April when the vaccine was widely available, and 108 deaths, or about 9%, of those were in people who are fully vaccinated.

Harris said almost all of the 108 deaths were elderly or had serious chronic health problems.

State officials provided the numbers as they try to stress that the vaccine lowers the risk of serious illness.

The Alabama Hospital Association says 85% of the 2,900 people hospitalized for COVID-19 are unvaccinated.

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8/28/2021 10:33:40 AM (GMT -5:00)

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