7-28-21 COVID-19 Vaccination and Hospitalization Report

For immediate release: July 28, 2021

Full COVID-19 vaccine series reduces the risk of hospitalization by 90% in those 65 and older

Chehalis, WA – A new report on COVID-19 vaccination status and hospitalizations for residents in Southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties) found that being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 by 90% in those 65 years and older. Being partially vaccinated was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 by 75%.

Data presented in this report also shows that younger vaccinated residents are well-protected against COVID-19. Of the 61,620 residents between the ages of 45 and 64 who were fully vaccinated between March 22 and June 27, 2021, fewer than 10 were hospitalized for COVID-19. While half of the residents in this age group are unvaccinated, 91% of those who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 in this age group were unvaccinated.

The report, conducted by Cowlitz County Health & Human Services, used data from residents between the ages of 45-64 years old and 65 years old and over in the six counties between March 22 and June 27, 2021. COVID-19 hospitalization data were gathered from the Washington State Disease Reporting System (WDRS) and vaccination data from the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS).

Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Someone is considered partially vaccinated after getting their first dose but before they are fully vaccinated.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines and whether they are right for you, please contact your medical provider.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you, visit: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/

Read the COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates in SW Washington by Age and Vaccine Status from Cowlitz County Health & Human Services: https://bit.ly/3BTYKpa

For current information on COVID-19 in Lewis County, follow @LCPHSS on Twitter, https://www.facebook.com/lcphss/ and visit https://phsscovid19.lewiscountywa.gov/

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Posted: July 28, 2021