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Vaccinated People Rarely Die from COVID, Says Virginia Health Dept.

Fewer than 20 people in Virginia who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus have died from the virus since January amid the start of the national vaccine rollout, the state health department said.

The state has logged 17 virus-related deaths among those fully vaccinated, The Associated Press reported, citing The Virginian-Pilot.

Over roughly the same period, unvaccinated or partially vaccinated residents accounted for more than 99% of the state’s cases, hospitalizations and deaths, according to health department data.

The state will also begin tracking and sorting new cases, hospitalizations and deaths by vaccination status, the health department said last week.

“I applaud those who have chosen to protect themselves and the community by getting vaccinated,” state Health Commissioner Norman Oliver said in a statement Friday. “And we appreciate the work of all who are helping to vaccinate Virginians.”

As of Monday, Virginia has recorded roughly 683,000 cases and 11,450 virus-related deaths since the pandemic’s outset in early 2020, according to the health department. The state has fully vaccinated 51.7% of the total population.

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