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STUDY: COVID-19 Vaccinations Helped Save 3 Million Lives, Avoid 18 Million Hospitalizations  


December 21, 2022

Only 12 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives have received an updated booster vaccination, according to Indian Health Services (Photo: Adobe)

Two years after the first COVID-19 vaccine was administered in the United States, a new study estimates that vaccination has helped save 3 million lives and avoid 18 million additional hospitalizations.

Researchers at the New York-based Commonwealth Fund used a computer model of disease transmission specific to COVID to estimate hospitalizations and deaths averted through the end of November 2022. The researchers determined that without vaccination "the U.S. would have experienced 1.5 times more infections, 3.8 times more hospitalizations, and 4.1 times more deaths," which would have cost an additional $1 trillion.

Throughout Indian Country-where CDC data shows that Native Americans and Alaska Natives are three times more likely than their white counterparts to contract COVID, and four times more likely to be hospitalized as a result-vaccine rollouts have been particularly helpful.


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