ADPH: 95% OF ALABAMA’S COVID DEATHS, 90% OF CASES AMONG UNVACCINATED

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.

Hospitalizations
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.