Booster still protects against coronavirus variants, new Minnesota health data shows – InForum

Occasional doses of the Coronavirus vaccine continue to protect Minnesota people from serious illness and death, despite new strains of the virus, according to new data released by the Department of Health on Monday.

People over the age of 65 get the most out of it, according to new data from the last 60 days. Among the elderly who received COVID-19, those without vaccines were four times more likely to die and nearly five times more likely to need hospital care than their foster members.

Taking the initial blows of a promoter-free vaccine provides some protection, but as the coronavirus changes in new strains, that initial protection is not as strong as when the vaccine began in December 2020. This is the first time data has been provided by state health officials. Accurate information showing increased protection against additional firing of COVID-19.

“We’re still seeing a significant benefit with promoters in the over-65s category,” said Stephanie Meyer, chief epidemiologist in the health department. But there are still many questions he pointed out about the timing of booster shots and how different variants of coronavirus affect vaccine protection.

SARS-CoV-2, a variant of the omicron strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has been prevalent in Minnesota infections since mid-December. Recent progress data show that different varieties of omicron are having better success infecting the vaccine and can cause more serious disease than some previous strains.

However, other factors are also at stake, especially those that may put the underlying health conditions of patients at greater risk. In recent months, the deaths of COVID-19 in Minnesota have re-emerged among elderly residents who often have other medical conditions.

“Part of the comorbidity is something we can’t account for in this data. It’s a really important factor, “said Keely Morris, a leading epidemiologist.

Morris added that as more people get vaccinated, the proportion of new cases affecting people who are vaccinated is expected to rise. About 67 percent of the state’s 5.7 million residents have received initial doses of the vaccine, but only about 46 percent are up to date with the shots.

Meyer and Morris said state health officials continue to look into cases of progress and the impact of vaccines and the timing of promoters.

Some evidence was released on Monday that the recent rise in Minnesota cases, driven by four different omicron sub-variants, has stalled. The new 2,152 cases reported since last Friday are down about 11 percent week-on-week.

However, the counting of cases provides an increasingly limited view of the state’s occurrence as more people are tested at home and these results have not been reported to the state. Health officials are taking a closer look at hospitalization data and coronavirus genetic material in wastewater.

And last week, the Metropolitan Council announced a 58 percent increase in coronavirus DNA in Twin Cities wastewater. The data were for the week ending May 16 and suggest that cases may continue to rise.

Hospitalization and death rates have risen in recent weeks, but are much lower than the state’s sharp rise last winter.

With COVID-19, 422 patients are hospitalized in the state, including 36 in intensive care. Critical cases have remained relatively flat due to changes in general hospital admissions.

Another nine COVID-19 deaths were also reported on Monday. They ranged in age from 90 to 90, lived in six private homes and three in long-term care.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 12,596 people in Minnesota have been reported to have died as a result of COVID-19. About 82 percent were elderly and about 46 percent were long-term care residents.

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