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Lewis County Releases Local COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Data Showing That the Vaccines Have Been Effective

 

Published: September 23, 2021 at 06:30 p.m.

By: Press Release from Lewis County

 

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Lewis County Provides COVID-19 Update

September 23, 2021

Release of New Vaccine Data

 

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceFrom day one, transparency has been one of Lewis County’s best weapons in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. An informed and engaged community is able to come together to support one another and work collectively to protect our most vulnerable citizens.

 

Recently, we have heard from community members who are interested in local data regarding vaccine efficacy. Today we are pleased to release that information, and perhaps even more pleased to report, unequivocally, that vaccines have indeed been effective in Lewis County.

 

The attached infographic provides detailed information breaking down COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by vaccination status. Starting in February of 2021, when vaccines were first available to the public, the data clearly shows that vaccinated individuals have been protected against the worst effects of the pandemic.

 

Even though only 47% of the population has been fully vaccinated, vaccinated individuals make up just 8% of COVID-19 cases, and just 8% of hospitalizations. Of the seven COVID-19 fatalities we’ve seen over this stretch, all seven were unvaccinated.

 

Furthermore, of the over 14,000 vaccinations given in Lewis County, only two individuals had reactions requiring medical attention. Both reactions were non-critical, and both individuals were released immediately after seeing their doctor.

 

By highlighting local data, compiled and verified by your own friends and neighbors in the Lewis County Public Health Department, our goal is to show local, reliable data, that will hopefully build trust in the effectiveness of vaccines.

 

This information is time consuming to compile and verify; our goal is to provide sporadic updates throughout the fall and winter. It will not be reflected in our daily COVID-19 case updates.

 

The attached infographic outlines the data in more detail.

 

Booster Shots

 

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration authorized a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 65 and older, people at high risk of severe disease and people whose jobs put them at increased risk of infection. The Centers for Disease Control and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have yet to provide a formal recommendation for the booster dose. This recommendation is expected to be made in the coming days. Lewis County Public Health will make a formal announcement when the Pfizer booster dose is fully recommended and available to be administered.

 

Third Doses (Separate from Boosters)

 

A third dose of Pfizer and Moderna is recommended for moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals. Lewis County Public Health as well as local pharmacies are currently offering this third dose for immunocompromised individuals.

 

Schedule Your Shot Today

 

The best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. Upcoming vaccine clinics are as follows:

• Thursday September 23 from 3:00 to 6:00 at the Croghan Fire Hall.

• Friday September 24 from 9:00 to 11:00 at the Lowville Fire Hall.

• Vaccines are also available by appointment at Lewis County Public Health by calling (315) 376-5453.

 

Visit www.lewiscounty.org/vaccine-registration to register today!

 

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