Hospitals in Austria: so many patients in intensive care units are vaccinated

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In hospitals, as expected, more and more patients are being admitted with vaccine breakthroughs. In normal wards, a good 40 percent are fully vaccinated; in intensive care units, the figure is just under a quarter.
Vaccine breakthroughs

Nearly a quarter of the people sick with Covid-19 who had to be treated in intensive care units in Austria last week were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The proportion of fully immunized hospital patients who received care in normal wards was 43.6 percent. This is according to figures provided by the Ministry of Health on Friday as published by APA.

Intensive care units: One quarter vaccinated, three quarters unvaccinated
According to the figures, on Nov. 2, of the 304 covid patients in need of intensive care at the time, 74 were in possession of a valid vaccination certificate. 24.3 percent of those affected had thus received the doses required for full immunization and had nevertheless become severely ill with Covid-19 after so-called vaccine breakthroughs.

On the other hand, the figures also show that from the perspective of the unvaccinated, the risk of ending up in an intensive care unit after infection with the coronavirus is significantly increased. 230, or 75.7, of Covid ICU patients were not fully vaccinated. In Vienna, the nation’s capital, where 81 covid ICU patients were recorded on Nov. 2, 71 or 87.7 percent were not fully vaccinated. Only ten Viennese patients had vaccine breakthroughs, representing 12.3 percent.

More than half unvaccinated in normal wards
Of the 1,338 Covid patients in normal wards across Austria, 583 were fully vaccinated as of last Tuesday. 755 were not immunized or not fully immunized, making their proportion on Covid normal wards 56.4 percent. In Vienna, for whatever reason, the situation was different: There, more than three-quarters of the 211 Covid patients – 77.3 percent, in fact – on normal wards were not immunized or not fully immunized against SARS-CoV-2 on Nov. 2. The proportion of fully protected Covid patients accounted for 22.7 percent.

Vaccination works
That vaccination makes sense in principle and is effective can be seen when one realizes that of more than 5.6 million fully vaccinated Austrians, only 74 were treated in an intensive care unit on November 2. This corresponds to 13 intensive care patients per million vaccinated persons. Conversely, 230 of 3.2 million not fully vaccinated were cared for in an intensive care unit. This equates to 72 ICU patients per million unvaccinated.

In normal wards, the ratio of fully immunized to not fully immunized was 102 per million immunized to 235 per million immunized. It should be noted, however, that those not fully vaccinated include those who are either not yet allowed to be vaccinated (under 12 years old, note) or who have only received partial vaccination.

  • sources: APA/vienna.at/picture:pixabay.com
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