Raw Story: New data from the Texas health department released Monday proves what health officials have been trying to tell vaccine-hesitant Texans for months: The COVID-19 vaccine dramatically prevents death and is the best tool to prevent transmission of the deadly virus.
From early September to October 1, vaccinated Texans were 13 times less likely to test positive for COVID and 20 times less likely to die from the coronavirus than their unvaccinated peers. https://t.co/pQ20nmekG2— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 9, 2021
Out of nearly 29,000 Texans who have died from COVID-related illnesses since mid-January, only 8% of them were fully vaccinated against the virus, according to a report detailing the Texas Department of State Health Services’ findings.
New: According to data from the Texas health department released on Monday, 85% of Texans who died from COVID-19 related illnesses between mid-January and October were unvaccinated. https://t.co/bmXylTeD5v— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) November 8, 2021
And more than half of those deaths among vaccinated people were among Texans older than 75, the age group that is most vulnerable to the virus, the study shows.
This is monstrous, especially given 20,000+ unvaccinated Texans have their needlessly lost lives since June 1, 2021 https://t.co/Y4CMS9W2UJ— Prof Peter Hotez MD PhD (@PeterHotez) November 12, 2021
Reported deaths from mid-January to October show that most COVID-19 deaths occurred among unvaccinated younger and older Texans.
In Texas, 16-year-old Haylee Richard from Denison High School is home with her family after spending 3 weeks in the ICU battling Covid. #TheySurvivedCovid https://t.co/1fpX0f4tR4 pic.twitter.com/cF8rHhjg4v— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) November 6, 2021
“We’ve known for a while that vaccines were going to have a protective effect on a large segment of our population,” said Dr. Jennifer A. Shuford, state epidemiologist. “By looking at our own population and seeing what the impact of the vaccines have been on that population, we’re hoping just to be able to reach people here in Texas and show them the difference that being fully vaccinated can make in their lives and for their communities.”
The state health department study covers most of the positive cases and COVID-19 deaths reported in Texas among residents from Jan. 15 to Oct. 1. It’s the first time state officials have been able to statistically measure the true impact of the vaccine on the pandemic in Texas — which has one of the highest death tolls in the nation. The majority of Texans ages 16 and up didn’t become eligible for the vaccine until late March.
State health officials also found the vaccine greatly reduced the risk of virus transmission, including the highly contagious delta variant that ravaged the state over the summer.