This winter COVID-19 boosters could save 90,000 lives

According to a recent analysis, the number of Americans who may die from COVID-19 this winter may be determined by how many people get their booster doses.

Up to 90,000 U.S. dollars in COVID-19 deaths could be avoided this fall and winter, but that is less probable if vaccination adoption remains weak, according to a Commonwealth Fund research released Wednesday. If nothing changes, death rates might reach more than 1,000 per day over the winter.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 7.6 million Americans have received an updated booster dose.

The report’s authors calculated that if COVID-19 booster vaccinations occurred at a rate comparable to flu vaccinations in 2020-2021, there would be 75,000 fewer deaths, 745,000 fewer hospitalizations, and $44 billion less spent on medical costs from Oct. 1 to the end of March 2023, compared to a scenario in which daily vaccination rates remained constant.

In another scenario, experts calculated that if 80% of patients received their updated booster doses, it would avert not only 90,000 fatalities but also over 936,000 hospitalizations and save $56 billion in six months.

If the present rate of booster shot uptake continues, a winter virus outbreak could result in 16,000 hospitalizations and 1,200 deaths per day by March.

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