New data confirms that the COVID-19 vaccines still offer strong protection against hospitalization and severe illness.

Do COVID-19 vaccines stop severe COVID?

The New York Times reports that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently received new evidence that the vaccines offer protection against severe COVID-19.

  • In all, the studies found the vaccine shots were at least 94% effective in stopping hospitalizations, per The New York Times.
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The data — which remains unpublished but comes from COVID-Net, a hospital surveillance system — suggested that all three major COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. were effective at stopping hospitalization from April to July, which was the months when the delta variant started to surge in the U.S., according to The New York Times.

  • “COVID vaccines continue to maintain high protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death,” said Dr. Sara Oliver, a CDC scientist, according to The New York Times.

Do fully vaccinated people go to the hospital over COVID?

The data lines up with previous data from the CDC that found more than 99.99% of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough COVID-19 case that led to hospitalization or death, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

A previous August study — which was published on medrxiv and has not been peer-reviewed — found that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine may have been more effective in stopping the delta variant compared to Pfizer.

  • The study found Pfizer’s vaccine was 42% effective against stopping COVID-19 infection in July in the U.S. Meanwhile, Moderna’s vaccine was 76% effective in July at stopping infection from the delta variant, as I wrote for the Deseret News.