Data: Unvaccinated people 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19

Published on November 09, 2021

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A new study released by the Texas Department of State Health Services shows that during September, Texans not vaccinated against COVID-19 were about 20 times more likely to suffer a COVID-19-associated death and 13 times more likely to test positive than people who were fully vaccinated.

An analysis of data from the four-week period from Sept. 4 through Oct. 1 shows that vaccination had a strong protective effect across all ages. While the impact varied across age groups, it was most pronounced in younger groups. The risk of COVID-19 death was 48 times higher in unvaccinated people in their 30s and 63 times higher for people in their 40s, compared with their vaccinated peers.

There were fewer than 10 COVID-19 deaths among fully vaccinated people ages 18-29 compared with 339 deaths among unvaccinated people in the same age group.

The study, which matched electronic lab reports and death certificates with state immunization records, is the state’s first statistical analysis of the real-world impact of vaccination against COVID-19 in Texas.

“This analysis quantifies what we’ve known for months,” said Chief State Epidemiologist Jennifer Shuford. “The COVID-19 vaccines are doing an excellent job of protecting people from getting sick and from dying from COVID-19. Vaccination remains the best way to keep yourself and the people close to you safe from this deadly disease.”

Public health researchers focused specifically on the September period to measure the effect of COVID-19 vaccination as the more contagious Delta variant surged across Texas.

A summary with a link to the full analysis, including data from a Jan. 15 through Oct. 1 period, is available. 

Vaccinations available locally

The City of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth ISD are offering COVID vaccinations at the Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5201 C. A. Robertson Blvd. The site recently expanded hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide residents with more options:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Pfizer vaccinations are being administered to children aged 5-11; a second Pfizer vaccination for children should be given 21 days after the first vaccination.

Additionally, the location offers both initial vaccinations as well as booster shots to those eligible. Booster shots (Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson) are available to those 18 years of age and older who qualify.

The clinic is open to everyone and no health insurance information is required. No appointment is needed and you may stay in your car the entire time. Younger patients may have to temporarily exit the vehicle with a parent or guardian to receive the dose.

Other options for pediatric vaccinations include Tarrant County Public Health sites, private pediatrician offices and local pharmacies.

To learn more, call 817-392-8478 or email the hotline



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