(The Hill) — A Texas government study found that unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 during most of September than fully vaccinated people, providing further evidence supporting the vaccines .
The research, published Monday by the Texas Department of State Health Services, found that 81.3 percent of COVID-19-related deaths between Sept. 4 and Oct. 1 occurred among unvaccinated people. In comparison, 5 percent of these deaths occurred in the partially vaccinated and 13.7 percent in fully vaccinated patients.
During that time, unvaccinated individuals in their 40s were 55 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than others the same age and fully vaccinated. Of the over-75s, the unvaccinated were 12 times more likely to die.
Unvaccinated people were also 13 times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated. More than 7 in 10 infected people were not vaccinated, compared with 19.3 percent who were partially vaccinated and 8.4 percent who were fully vaccinated.
The analysis of electronic lab reports, death certificates, and the state vaccination registry lasted from January 15 to October 1 and concluded that Texans were four to five times more likely to contract COVID-19 or die from the virus amid the spread of the highly transmissible virus. delta variant than before.
During that full-time period, unvaccinated people were 45 times more likely to get infected and 40 times more likely to have a COVID-19-related death. About 85 percent of those who were infected with or died from COVID-19 had not been vaccinated.
The data from Texas is consistent with previous research showing the effectiveness of vaccines against the virus, including from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Data from the CDC released last month showed that unvaccinated individuals were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and six times more likely to test positive for the virus than fully vaccinated individuals.
With about 66.5 percent of the total state population having had at least one dose, Texas appears to be in line with the national rate of 67.5 percent.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) banned all COVID-19 vaccine mandates from any “entity in Texas” last month. The governor issued the executive order after the Biden administration announced a rule for companies with at least 100 employees to demand vaccinations or regular tests for their employees.