Covid-19: Western Cape stats at height of third wave paint bleak picture for unvaccinated people

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  • The Western Cape Department of Health says 98.3% of people aged 60 and older who died of Covid-19 last month had not been vaccinated.
  • The health department says this proves vaccines are safe and offer “excellent protection” against death.
  • 96% of the 729 who required hospitalisation were not inoculated, while 98.3% of the 292 who succumbed to the disease had not been jabbed.

Of the 292 people aged 60 and older who died of Covid-19 during the peak of the third wave in the Western Cape, 98.3% were not fully vaccinated.

This is according to data recently released by the provincial health department.

Most recent available statistics show that 57% of the age group in the province are fully vaccinated, defined as over 14 days after their second Pfizer injection or over 28 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson jab.

Analyses for the week of 14 to 20 August – at the height of infections – further indicates that of the 2 455 people in this age group who contracted Covid-19, 93% were not fully vaccinated.

Ninety-six percent of the 729 who required hospitalisation were not inoculated, while 98.3% of the 292 who succumbed to the disease had not been jabbed.

"While the vaccine is not 100% effective, results of the current vaccines in use indicate they are both safe and highly effective and offer excellent protection against severe disease and death," the department said.

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"Of the few cases of deaths of those fully vaccinated, investigations found it was due to Covid-19 itself - a 'breakthrough' severe infection - in patients who were very elderly and/or with comorbidities. It was not caused by the vaccine."

According to the statistics, 90% of the 1 413 cases diagnosed in the Cape Metro during this period were not fully vaccinated, as were 94.7% of the 433 hospitalisations and 97% of the 177 fatalities.

In the Cape Winelands, 91% of the 299 cases were not inoculated, as were 98.8% of the 85 hospitalisations and all 42 locals who succumbed to the disease.

In the Central Karoo, 96% of the 46 cases diagnosed that week were not fully vaccinated, as were 100% of the 19 hospitalisations and all seven deaths.

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In the Garden Route, 96% of the 333 cases had not received the jab, as were 95.8% of the 96 hospitalisations and all 31 fatalities.

In the Overberg, 95% of the 132 cases diagnosed were not fully vaccinated; as were all of the 36 hospitalisations and 97% and all 11 deaths.

On the West Coast, 94% of the 207 cases were not inoculated, as were 96.5% of the 57 hospitalisations and all 23 deaths recorded that week.

Most recent statistics on the Western Cape Covid-19 dashboard confirmed 12 880 current active cases in the province. A total of 19 510 have succumbed to the virus, while 483 059 have recovered.

In the last 24 hours, 386 new cases have been diagnosed, while a total of 2 567 114 vaccinations have been administered.


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