Two Years of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines Have Prevented Millions of Hospitalizations and Deaths @ יואל קסלר
Two Years of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines Have Prevented Millions of Hospitalizations and Deaths @ יואל קסלר

Two Years of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines Have Prevented Millions of Hospitalizations and Deaths @ יואל קסלר

In this post "Two Years of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccines Have Prevented Millions of Hospitalizations and Deaths @ יואל קסלר" we present data from a new study by the Commonwealth Fund suggests that millions of lives have been saved as well as hospitalizations prevented thanks to the COVID 19 vaccination program in the US.

As noted by the Authors:

"From December 2020 through November 2022, we estimate that the COVID-19 vaccination program in the U.S. prevented more than 18.5 million additional hospitalizations and 3.2 million additional deaths. Without vaccination, there would have been nearly 120 million more COVID-19 infections. The vaccination program also saved the U.S. $1.15 trillion (Credible Interval: $1.10 trillion–$1.19 trillion) (data not shown) in medical costs that would otherwise have been incurred.

Our findings highlight the substantial impact of the U.S. vaccination program on reducing infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Curbing hospitalization rates by reducing both COVID-19 incidence and symptom severity is particularly important amidst the strain on the health care system caused by unusually high levels of flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). COVID-19 vaccination has preserved hospital resources for individuals who would otherwise have not received timely care.

Vaccination also has prevented many millions of COVID infections. Although the acute phase of these infections may not have required medical attention, each infection carries a risk of long COVID and debilitating symptoms. Many of the prevented infections would have been reinfections, which have higher risk of death compared to initial infections. In addition, as our previous analysis demonstrated, vaccines have kept children in school, highlighting the societal value of the ongoing vaccination program.

The estimated infections, hospitalizations, and deaths averted by vaccination are particularly striking when compared to the actual values observed during this time period. Since December 12, 2020, 82 million infections, 4.8 million hospitalizations, and 798,000 deaths have been reported in the U.S. In other words, without vaccination the U.S. would have experienced 1.5 times more infections, 3.8 times more hospitalizations, and 4.1 times more deaths. These losses would have been accompanied by more than $1 trillion in additional medical costs that were averted because of fewer infections, hospitalizations, and deaths."

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