The Associated Press

An elderly COVID-19 patient is attached to a ventilator in the emergency room. (John Minchillo/AP)

The overwhelming majority of Alabama’s COVID cases and deaths have been among the unvaccinated, according to the latest data from the state health officials.
From April 1-Aug. 18, 90% of Alabama’s COVID cases were among unvaccinated people. Unvaccinated Alabamians accounted for 95% of the state’s COVID deaths.
“Current data shows that fully vaccinated persons who get COVID-19 are much less likely to get severely ill, go to the hospital or die from COVID-19,” ADPH said. “The COVID-19 vaccines are working.”

Breakthrough cases
ADPH data shows that out of 118,612 COVID cases from April 1- Aug. 18, a little over 10% – or 12,099 people – were fully vaccinated, meaning it had been at least two weeks since their final vaccine dosage. Out of the 1.07 million Alabamians who are vaccinated, roughly 1.1% contracted COVID.
About 73% of people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine though Alabama continues to post the worst vaccination rates in the country with 37% of adults being fully vaccinated. Children 11 and younger are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

As of Aug. 23, Alabama had 2,721 adults and 41 pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of the adult inpatients, 84% were unvaccinated, 4% were partially vaccinated and 12% were fully vaccinated. The state had 1,536 staffed intensive care beds with 1,589 ICU patients, a net deficit of 53 beds, meaning patients are being treated in other areas of the hospital.