Covid-19: why are more vaccinated people hospitalized?

Covid 19 why are more vaccinated people hospitalized

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  • Posted on 11/25/2021

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    People vaccinated against covid-19 are more likely to be hospitalized than those unvaccinated because they represent 87.9% of the French population eligible for vaccination. But they are therefore not hospitalized more often.

    The Department of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (DREES) has published the latest data on the number of people hospitalized, at the start of the fifth wave and between November 1 and November 7, 2021.

    A graph highlights the number of vaccinated and unvaccinated people over 20 years of age hospitalized for Covid-19: 635 versus 474 respectively. When we compare the number of patients in critical care, we read 174 for unvaccinated people and 177 for patients with full immunization coverage. Finally, concerning deaths, there are 71 unvaccinated and 95 vaccinated.

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    A higher proportion of people vaccinated

    These figures are surprising at first glance because one could imply that the unvaccinated are as much or less likely to have complications from Covid-19 than the vaccinated people. But it suffices to look at the number of people vaccinated in France to realize that they are 44,611,782 against 5,418,833 of unvaccinated people on November 7, 2021. According to the latest data from Covid Tracker As of November 22, among eligible French people (> 12 years old), 87.9% received all the required doses. The percentage is 77.2% among the entire French population.

    Thereby the proportion of vaccinated being much higher, they are logically more numerous among the hospitalizations despite the protection of the vaccine. If the risk of hospitalization for Covid-19 were the same for these two categories of people, there should be around 8 times more people vaccinated among those hospitalized for Covid, or, the figures show that the vaccinated are only slightly in the majority: about 1.4 times more vaccinated than unvaccinated. Unvaccinated people are therefore 6.14 more likely to be hospitalized.

    Hospitalizations are also increasing because thevaccine effectiveness decreases over time. Stéphane Paul, immunologist interviewed by LCI, asserted that after six months, 80% of over 50s no longer have antibodies. It is also for this reason that the High Authority of Health now recommend a third dose for all 5 months after the primary vaccination.