Unvaccinated New Yorkers have made up 96% of all coronavirus infections reported so far this year, according to data released by the New York State Department of Health. Unvaccinated people were 21 times more likely to be hospitalized.
Of the 1.3 million coronavirus infections recorded in New York between January 1 and September 5, only 58,030 involved breakthrough infections among vaccinated people, Gothamist reported.
There were 97,244 hospitalizations among unvaccinated people but only 4,585 hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people, a drop of 95%.
Though the delta variant has reduced vaccine effectiveness from 90% to 79%, effectiveness at preventing hospitalization remains at more than 90%.
“This is a robust analysis that really demonstrates how powerfully effective these vaccines are against hospitalization,” said Dr. Denis Nash, an epidemiology professor at the City University of New York. “It does seem to suggest that vaccine efficacy is pretty robust even far out after the vaccine campaign started.”
A separate study published by the CDC this past week indicated that among 600,000 coronavirus cases recorded in 13 counties between April 4 and July 17, unvaccinated people were 5 times as likely to be infected, 10 times as likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die than fully vaccinated people.
Updated Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:48 pm .