NYS Dept. of Health data on COVID-19 vaccines finds shots to be up to 95% effective in reducing hospitalization
In a study done by the New York state Department of Health, COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be up to 95% effective in reducing hospitalizations.
The DOH study published by the published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found vaccines greatly reduced COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The study, which looked at data and analysis on the shots' effectiveness and breakthrough infections, found that unvaccinated New Yorkers were 11 times more likely to be hospitalized and eight times more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated.
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“The findings of our research are clear: Vaccines provide the strongest protection for New Yorkers against getting infected or becoming hospitalized due to COVID-19,” said senior author and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.
During the emergence of the delta variant and the reduction of social distancing and mask wearing, both unvaccinated and vaccinated adults had experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases. Researchers found vaccines remained about 92% to 95% effective at preventing hospitalizations among the vaccinated. While the effectiveness of the vaccines declined from about 92% to 80% in reducing COVID-19 cases, the study determined that the use of vaccines remains a critically important method in lowering COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.