In Colorado, most of those who are eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 have received at least one dose so far, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, highlighting the milestone.
With 75% of Colorado’s eligible residents having initiated vaccination, the governor pointed out it’s “an important accomplishment, but it also means that there’s 25%, one in four Coloradans, who are eligible, who still need to go out and get protected so that we can end this pandemic.”
Polis pleaded with the unvaccinated to get their shots, reasoning that they hold the key to the availability of critical health care.
“We actually have the lowest ICU available rate that we’ve had since the start of this crisis, in part due to the unvaccinated with Covid and just other types of trauma that goes up seasonally this time of year,” Polis explained. “Some hospitals are reaching very close to their capacity limits. And that wouldn’t be happening if people were vaccinated.”
Meanwhile on the East Coast, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts have fully vaccinated at least two-thirds of their population. The trio are also among the states seeing the lowest rate of new cases per capita over the past week, CDC data shows.
And even though the unvaccinated now comprise a slight minority of the total population, Covid-19 patients are straining health care resources in ways that health experts have been insisting are preventable via inoculation.
Vaccines provide critical protection against variants
Among all ages, the Moderna vaccine was 95% effective against hospitalization, while the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had an 80% effectiveness and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a 60% effectiveness, the study found.
But among those 75 and older, the study found vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization was lower. Effectiveness against hospitalization for adults under 75 was 89%, but it was 76% among those age 75 and older, the study…