Unvaccinated in B.C. hospitalized with COVID-19 at a rate 17 times higher than fully vaccinated – CBC

25% of the province responsible for 84% of COVID-19 hospitalizations, new data shows

Aug 24, 2021

New vaccine data provided by the B.C. government shows the province’s fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is primarily — though not exclusively — a pandemic among the unvaccinated.

Of the 113 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 between Aug. 10 and Aug. 16, 95 were among people completely unvaccinated, compared to just 12 for fully vaccinated people and six who were partly vaccinated.

During that time frame, approximately 1.45 million British Columbians were unvaccinated, meaning 25 per cent of the province was responsible for 84 per cent of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Adjusted for population, 6.56 unvaccinated people per 100,000 in B.C. were hospitalized that week compared to 0.37 per 100,000 who were fully vaccinated, a rate 17.7 times higher.

“It just reduces that likelihood of becoming infected to a great degree,” said University of British Columbia mathematician Daniel Coombs, who has advised the B.C. government on its modelling projections and is co-lead of the B.C. COVID-19 modelling group.

“It’s hard to say exactly how much it helps, but basically people who have been vaccinated, they seem to be considerably less infectious than people who are not vaccinated.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/unvaccinated-vaccinated-covid-data-bc-1.6151008

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