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State health officials said Monday that unvaccinated Texans were more likely to catch COVID-19 or die from the disease than vaccinated residents during the September spike of the coronavirus, as Texas has a larger weekly COVID-19 outbreak than any other state. -19 deaths – and below-average vaccination rates.

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According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, from early September to October 1, vaccinated Texans were 13 times less likely to test positive for COVID-19 and 20 times less likely to die from the coronavirus. Study.

Of the nearly 4,500 coronavirus deaths studied over that time period, some 81.3% were among unvaccinated people, while 13.7% of deaths were linked to fully vaccinated Texans and 5% of partially vaccinated patients, the researchers said. were among.

If data from earlier in the year is included, the gap between vaccinated and non-vaccinated Texans is slightly larger: from mid-January to early October, 85.5% of the state’s total Covid-19 deaths were non-vaccinated. People made up and were 40 times more likely to die. .

The study suggested that “the proportion of cases and deaths among vaccinated people is expected to increase” as vaccination rates have increased, and that the effectiveness is determined by whether patients’ immune systems or their immunity have deteriorated over time. varies depending on.

Similarly, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that vaccinated Americans were 11.3 times less likely to die from COVID-19 from late June to mid-July than those who were not vaccinated. Infections were slightly more effective than hospitalization. And deaths before the delta version of the virus took root in June.

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