Report: Fully vaccinated make up 30%-40% of COVID hospitalizations in Maryland counties — and the number is ‘increasing rapidly’
Health data coming out of Maryland is reportedly leading to growing concerns about the waning effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, especially against the Delta variant.
“Over the past three months in Anne Arundel County, about 30% of the people hospitalized with COVID-19 are fully vaccinated,” the report stated. “There’s a similar timeframe and trend in neighboring Howard County, where health officials said roughly 30% to 40% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 are fully vaccinated.” Don’t miss out on content from Dave Rubin free of big tech censorship. Listen to The Rubin Report now. about:blank
Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman blamed the trend on waning vaccine efficacy alongside the rise of the Delta variant.
“Because Delta spreads more easily and causes more severe disease, we do see some hospitalizations,” Kalyanaraman explained.about:blank
A national trend developing among the vaccinated?
While the Maryland data is currently being framed as an outlier, there are indicators that it’s part of a national trend.
Public health experts and mainstream media figures for weeks have inundated the American public with the line that unvaccinated individuals presently account for nearly all of the COVID-19 hospitalizations, usually citing a figure between 95% and 98%.
But, as TheBlaze’s Daniel Horowitz pointed out earlier this month, those figures were pulled from a ranged 6-month analysis produced by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When looking more closely at the month-by-month figures, one can see that the percentage share of hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people has been steadily ticking upward since the start of the year.
In June alone, fully vaccinated people made up 16% of the nation’s COVID-19 hospitalizations.
“Given the rapid acceleration of waning immunity, inquiring minds would like to know what that number will look like heading into September,” Horowitz noted.
‘Good reasons to get vaccinated’
Though acknowledging the new data as concerning, health experts in Maryland are still encouraging residents to get vaccinated as a way to boost their immune response against the virus.
“It’s critical to get your vaccine to decrease your chance of getting hospitalized,” Kalyanaraman told WABL. “And also it turns out, long-COVID, those lingering symptoms, are much less likely to happen in the vaccinated as well, so there are a lot of good reasons to get vaccinated.”