The numbers are clear
Only 0.33 percent of vaxxed NYers infected with COVID-19 since January
BY KEVIN DUGGAN
An infi nitesimal number
of New Yorkers who received
the COVID-19 vaccine have
tested positive for the virus,
while almost all people hospitalized
with the illness had
not received their shots, according
to new city Health Department
data announced on
“Here’s the common sense
bottom line: vaccines keep
you alive and out of the hospital,”
said City Health Commissioner
Dr. Dave Chokshi
at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily
press briefi ng on Aug. 25.
Of fully-vaccinated New
Yorkers, 0.33 percent were diagnosed
with the coronavirus,
0.02 percent were hospitalized,
and 0.003 percent died of the
illness. Meanwhile, 97 percent
of people hospitalized with
COVID are unvaccinated, according
to the Health Department
“It makes clear that vaccines
continue to be extremely
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effective,” said de Blasio on
Aug. 25. “Yes, there are some
breakthrough cases, that’s
true, but the bottom line is vaccine
on things we care about the
most, which is stopping people
from being hospitalized, stopping
people from coming up
with the most severe illnesses,
and certainly, most importantly,
protecting lives, stopping
people from losing lives
The Health Department
collected the data from January
August, including several
months before the more contagious
Delta variant started to
drive a resurgence of cases in
Data from more recent
weeks show that unvaccinated
people are 13 times more likely
to end up in the hospital with
COVID compared to inoculated
people. Those without the
shot are also three times more
likely to be infected in the fi rst
A Brooklynite recives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Erica Price place, according to Chokshi.
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