DHEC: More than 90% of COVID-19 cases and deaths from June were among the unvaccinated

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says more than 90% of coronavirus cases and deaths from the first two weeks of June were among the unvaccinated. DHEC says they also found similar data when looking at the provisional data for the whole month.

Click here to read DHEC’s full analysis.

During the month of June, DHEC says 93% of the 5,344 reported cases were from not fully vaccinated individuals. During this same time, DHEC says 86% of the 243 reported hospitalizations and 90% of the 39 COVID-19 related deaths reported were from people not fully vaccinated.

“This data is further proof that vaccinations save lives,” said Dr. Brannon Traxler, DHEC Public Health Director. “We can’t stress this enough: eligible residents should protect themselves and their loved ones by getting fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is achieved two weeks after a person gets their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot of Janssen. That two-week period is significant because it allows the vaccine to reach full efficacy, giving an individual the best chance to stave off the virus and its impacts if a breakthrough case occurs.”

DHEC says the state has reported 542 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals. While those vaccinated could still get infected, DHEC encourages residents to get vaccinated, including those who previously contracted COVID-19. To find a vaccine clinic near you, visit vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov.

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