Prisma Health doctors stated on Thursday that the current number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital is roughly equal to the spike seen at this time last year.
Current patients, according to doctors, have something in common. Almost every single one of them is unvaccinated.
Doctors are urging people to get vaccinated in order to avoid overcrowding in hospitals.
“We need individuals to get vaccinated. It’s critical that you get vaccinated if you’re unvaccinated and urge your family and friends to get vaccinated,” Dr. Steve Shelton with Prisma Health said.
The virus is now affecting people between the ages of 20 and 59, and those who have been vaccinated but are still in the hospital, according to doctors, are usually older and have other chronic health problems.
“More than half are not vaccinated, significantly more than half, so that’s where the virus is going to find its victims,” said Dr. Helmut Albrecht of Prisma Health.
Doctors believe there’s no need to be concerned about the vaccine’s adverse effects.
“This is the best-studied vaccine we’ve ever had. Albrecht stated, “It’s one of the most effective vaccines.”
Doctors are also urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. They say that the vaccine’s protections can be passed on to babies through the placenta and breast milk, helping to protect them from the virus.