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Health experts: Getting vaccinated could keep you out of the hospital

Health officials say the COVID vaccine can help protect you from serious illness and death.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — COVID vaccines were a hot topic at the Decatur COVID briefing on Monday, September 20.

Health officials say the COVID vaccine can help protect you from serious illness and death.

"We've had a total of 13,210 people to die of COVID since this began," said Alabama Department of Public Health Assitant District Administrator Michael Glenn.

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The majority of COVID deaths happened before vaccines were available. Glenn says the vaccines are saving lives.

"What that means is once somebody is completely vaccinated, since April the 1st, there's only been 195 people that have passed away," said Glenn.

Of those 195 deaths, the majority were senior citizens. 

"116 of those 195 were 75 or older and then for those 65 and older, 159 of the 195 were 65 or older," said Glenn. "We've only had six people to pass away, that are fully vaccinated, that are under 50 years old."

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At Decatur-Morgan Hospital, the majority of COVID patients are unvaccinated.

"Of the 15 I have in ICU, none of those are vaccinated. Of the 71 only four, so four of my total 71 patients are vaccinated if that tells you anything," said Decatur Morgan Hospital Kelli Powers.

Both health professionals agree that vaccination is still the greatest measure that can be taken in preventing serious illness and death.

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