Fully Vaccinated Nebraskans 11 Times Less Likely to be Hospitalized for COVID-19; People who Received Booster 46 Times Less Likely According to DHHS

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For Immediate Release: 1/19/2022

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223,

Lincoln, Neb. – Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) State Epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Donahue and his team completed an in-depth analysis of vaccination rates correlated to hospitalizations. The analysis concluded that individuals who received the vaccine, but not the booster were 11 times less likely to be hospitalized. More dramatically, individuals who got their booster shot were 46 times less likely to be hospitalized. Find that analysis here.

Another analysis estimated the number of hospitalizations and deaths prevented by vaccination. The rate of hospitalization and death among unvaccinated people was calculated and then applied to the population of Nebraska as a whole, to simulate the absence of vaccinations. “By applying the unvaccinated rate of hospitalizations and deaths to the whole population, we have a stronger understanding of the clear and overwhelming benefit of getting vaccinated," said Donahue. Find that analysis here.

A third analysis showed that vaccines are incredibly safe. Nebraska death certificate data shows Nebraskans who were vaccinated are dying at lower rates than Nebraskans who were unvaccinated, regardless of the cause of death. Find that analysis here.

DHHS urges all Nebraskans who have not done so already to consider getting vaccinated and receive the booster and to consult a doctor if there are questions. Please register for the vaccine at vaccinate.ne.gov or call the hotline at (833) 998-2275

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