Hospitalizations rise among vaccinators

The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvanians rose sharply last month, although the shot has remained broadly protective, according to new statewide health data obtained by the Associated Press. The Ministry of Health’s latest data on the so-called “breakthrough” infection indicates that between September 5 and October 4, vaccinated people represented just over a quarter – 26% – of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 admissions to hospitals across the state. Replay of a press conference with Pennsylvania Department of Health officials discussing the latest post-vaccination data available in the video player above. Death statistics for the last 30 days were not available due to delays in reporting and verification, and when the Ministry of Health released its initial set of data on advanced cases on September 14, only 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were among the vaccinated population. The wrinkle effect on vaccinated people due to the emergence of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, along with weakened immunity in some vaccinated populations, among other factors. The state’s acting GP, Dr. Dennis Johnson, said in a phone interview. “As more people are vaccinated, there will be more cases among those vaccinated. That doesn’t mean the vaccines don’t work. They work by design.” She said the data solidified the case for the booster shots. Last month, US health officials approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older, along with younger people with health or work conditions that put them at greater risk. “We know that vaccines offer a great deal of protection,” Johnson said. “So far, with the delta variant, with weakened immunity, the cases that we have, the hospitalizations that we have, the people who are really sick, they are still largely unvaccinated.” On Tuesday, the Commonwealth Partners, a Harrisburg-based free-market advocacy group, released , Weekly Department of Health data obtained through a request for open records showed similar increases in cases and hospitalizations among vaccinated people – along with higher deaths. These statistics covered the period between late April and late August and showed that mutations were particularly evident after delta became the dominant strain in the virus. About a third of deaths in the state from early July to mid-August were among vaccinated residents. Gina Diorio, the group’s director of public affairs, has accused the administration of Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe of apparently concealing the latest COVID-19 trends in the state’s health. Officials released the first batch of hack data last month. “In September, (the Ministry of Health) should have known that the current numbers are different from what they were publishing. Why not give current Pennsylvania information? Diorio: What are you hiding? Gathering and analyzing huge year-to-date data on paranormal injuries, which she called “a huge boost for us,” with a lot of manual work involved. She said it was not a political choice. “It was just a step-by-step process for us, to get a huge backlog of data first and then try to analyze and analyze it later. It took us a lot of work to get there.” Over the past month and since the beginning of 2021, state data indicates that Pennsylvania residents Those who remained unvaccinated against the coronavirus were more likely to contract COVID-19, be hospitalized and die than those who got vaccinated. Last month, even as the state was in the grip of Delta, unvaccinated people were at three times the risk of getting infected and landing in the hospital, numbers show. Deaths were six times greater among the unvaccinated population, and at least 518 of the vaccinated population died, about 7% of the 2021 total.

The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, although the shot remained broadly protective, according to new statewide health data obtained by The Associated Press.

Last Ministry of Health data on the so-called “breakthrough” infection It shows that between September 5 and October 4, people who were vaccinated accounted for just over a quarter — 26% — of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospitalizations across the state.

A replay of a press conference with Pennsylvania Department of Health officials discussing the latest post-vaccination data is available in the video player above.

Death statistics for the past 30 days were not available due to delays in reporting and verification.

When the Health Ministry released its initial set of data on advanced cases on September 14, only 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were among the vaccinated population.

State health officials have attributed the increased impact of COVID-19 on vaccinated people to the emergence of the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, along with poor immunity among some populations who have received the vaccine, among other factors.

“Vaccines are designed to prevent severe disease and hospitalization, but no vaccine is 100%,” said the state’s acting GP, Dr. Dennis Johnson, in a phone interview. “As more people are vaccinated, there will be more cases among those people who have been vaccinated. That doesn’t mean the vaccines don’t work. They work by design.”

She said the data bolstered the case For booster shots. Last month, US health officials approved a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine for all Americans 65 and older, along with younger people with health or work conditions that put them at greater risk.

“We know that vaccines offer a great deal of protection,” Johnson said. “So far, with the delta variant, with the weakened immunity, the cases that we have, the hospitalizations that we have, the people who are really sick, they’re still pretty much still not immune.”

On Tuesday, the Commonwealth of Partners, a Harrisburg-based free-market advocacy group, released weekly Health Department data obtained by ordering open records that showed similar increases in cases and hospitalizations among vaccinated people — along with rising deaths.

These statistics covered a period between late April and late August and showed that mutations were particularly evident after Delta became the dominant strain of the virus. About a third of deaths in the state from early July to mid-August were among vaccinated residents.

Gina Diorio, the group’s director of public affairs, accused Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe’s administration of apparently concealing recent COVID-19 trends when state health officials released the first batch of breakthrough data last month.

“In September,[the Department of Health]should have known that the current numbers are different from what they were releasing. Why not give the current Pennsylvania information? What are you hiding?” Diorio said.

Johnson said the focus last month was on collecting and analyzing big year-to-date data on paranormal injuries, which she called a “big boost for us,” with a lot of manual work. She said it was not a political choice.

“It was just a step-by-step process for us, to get a huge backlog of data first and then try to analyze and analyze it later. It took us a lot of work to get there.”

Over the past month and since the beginning of 2021, state data indicates that Pennsylvania residents who remained unvaccinated against the coronavirus were more likely to contract COVID-19, be hospitalized and die than those who got vaccinated.

Figures last month show, even while the state was in Delta’s grip, that unvaccinated people had three times the risk of infection and hospitalization.

Since January, the risk of death has been six times greater among the unvaccinated population. At least 518 of the vaccinated population died, about 7% of the 2021 total.

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