PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Almost all of the city’s COVID-19-related deaths and hospitalizations in 2021 were among the city’s unvaccinated population, Philadelphia health officials said on Wednesday.
Vaccines are working. This is an echo in the medical community, and in Philadelphia almost 68% of adults are fully vaccinated.
“I believe our high vaccination rate is why we don’t see all the cases, overcrowded hospitals and deaths that other states with lower vaccination rates see,” said Cheryl Bettigole, Acting Health Commissioner. Said.
The acting health commissioner also accepts the city’s closed mask mandate.
Now positive COVID-19 cases, a bumpy roller coaster ride, have been trending down again recently.
“We see an average of 250 new cases a day,” Bettigole said.
For the first time, Philadelphia is publishing numbers of breakthrough cases where people tested positive even though they were fully vaccinated. Cases of breakthrough are rare and cases are usually not serious.
But unvaccinated Philadelphians are responsible for 96.5% of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and 95% of deaths in 2021.
Bettigole said getting vaccinated is especially important for children.
“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect your loved ones, especially children who are not yet vaccinated,” Bettigole said.