A new paper claims that Florida and Texas could avoid over 20,000 deaths and around 100,000 hospitalizations by matching Massachusetts’s higher rates of coronavirus vaccination.
The Bay State was highlighted by a paper published in The Lancet. It examined low COVID-19 vax rates within southern states that had been devastated by more contagious variants.
The author points out that Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont have higher vaccination rates — as of July 31, an average of 74% of adults have been fully vaccinated. However, Florida and Texas have only 59.5% & 55.8% respectively. The adult population is the same.
“We believe that Florida and Texas would have avoided deaths, hospitalizations, and infections if they had vaccinated 74% more adults than the average of the top performing states. “, the paper said. The Lancet is a peer-reviewed medical journal.
“In general, if these two states reached the vaccination coverage achieved by the first five states and continued at the same rate until August 31, 2021, these two states could have avoided more than 95,000 hospital admissions and 22,000. “Death,” concluded the paper.
Massachusetts has over 4.6 million fully vaccinated people, with more than 5 million having received at least one dose.
The authors of The Lancet found that a high vaccination rate like Massachusetts “will significantly slow down the increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Florida and Texas.”
From December 12, 2020, when vaccination began, to August 31, 2021 Florida has reported over 2.2 million COVID-19 patients, and Texas more than 2.13 million.
According to the paper, Florida will prevent 664,007 additional infections if it achieves 74% coverage by July 31 and maintains the appropriate daily vaccination rate, while Texas will avoid 647.906 additional infections.
The paper says that Florida’s enhanced vaccination program will reduce hospitalizations in Florida by 61,327 by August 31 and deaths by 16,235 by August 31, according to the paper. “In the same time, Texas’ hospitalizations fell by 37.587, and the number deaths by 6,353”
The surge in symptoms of COVID-19 is causing hospitals and intensive care units to be overwhelmed in many states. Many patients aren’t vaccinated.
The Lancet’s paper states: “As the pandemic continues, efforts to increase vaccination are essential to prevent future SARS-CoV-2 variants, which may cause more serious illnesses and hospitalizations. This is the wave of deaths.