October 08, 2021
The COVID-19 vaccine may have prevented thousands of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among older adults, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The report, released this week, linked the vaccine with the reduction of about 265,000 COVID-19 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among Medicare beneficiaries between January and May 2021.
"This report reaffirms what we hear routinely from states: COVID-19 vaccines save lives, prevent hospitalizations, and reduce infection," HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
Among the key takeaways:
“Those who remained unvaccinated (or only partially vaccinated) are at far higher risk of COVID-19 infection and severe outcomes,” the report noted.
HAP joins organizations across the nation urging everyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. The approved vaccines are safe, effective, and widely available in your community. Getting vaccinated helps protect you, your family, and those who are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications.
HAP encourages those with questions about the available vaccines to contact their health care provider for more information. Additional resources about the COVID-19 vaccines are available online.
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