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Getting vaccinated is still your best defense against dying from COVID-19

A report released last week by the Pennsylvania Department of Health clearly laid out the reality of the coronavirus — if you are vaccinated, your chances of being hospitalized or dying decrease significantly.

The Health Department found that 74% of those who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the month before had not been vaccinated. In addition, from January to October, 93% of those who died as a result of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania had either not been vaccinated or had received just one dose.

Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson offered a lucid explanation on why “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 will increase as more Pennsylvanians are vaccinated: “It’s like what we saw with seat belt use years ago. As the number of people wearing seat belts increased, the number of car accidents involving people wearing seat belts went up. However, the overall fatality rate from car accidents dropped. … So, too, your chances of dying from COVID-19 drop substantially if you are fully vaccinated.”

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