The COVID-19 vaccine offers the best protection against infection and severe illness.
Over the last month, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 infection have risen substantially, adding additional strain to health care organizations and clinicians across the nation. Most people who are hospitalized have not received their initial vaccination series and booster. This emphasizes the importance of the vaccines for those who have yet to be vaccinated.
“If you compare where we are to one month ago, hospitalizations are up 43 percent,” says Alex Benjamin, MD, Chief Infection Control Officer with Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) Infectious Diseases. “The current number of hospitalizations is the highest we’ve seen since delta became the dominant variant locally at the beginning of July.”