Spain confirms that not getting vaccinated can increase the risk of dying 20 times

People between 60 and 79 years old who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are 20 times more likely to die than those immunized, according to a report from Spain’s Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES).

The Spanish Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, released this Saturday the results of this investigation during a visit to a vaccination center in the Extremadura region (west).

According to the same document, people of this age group who were not vaccinated are 16 times more likely to enter a hospital because of the disease.

And the vaccinated, on the contrary, 30 times less chance of entering an intensive care unit (ICU), the minister explained.

“The data are overwhelming,” said Darias, who valued the high degree of vaccination of the Spanish population, among the highest in the world, and encouraged to continue like this and also administer the booster dose.

He also noted that fatality, now at 1.3%, has decreased as vaccination has progressed. This indicator was 4% a few days after the first wave of infections broke out in Spain in March 2020.

At the moment, the country registers an incidence of infections never seen before, an average of 2,722 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days; the most serious patients are 22% of the hospital intensive care units.

In Spain With 47.5 million inhabitants, more than 80% of the population is fully vaccinated.

31.5% of minors between 5 and 11 years old have already received a dose of vaccine and, according to the latest official data, 86.8% of the population between 12 and 19 years old have the full schedule.

People over 40 years old receive a booster dose, which is already in eight out of ten people over 60 years of age.

More than 5,000 elderly people died with COVID-19 in nursing homes during 2021, the year of vaccination, while almost 26,000 died in 2020 with a positive test or symptoms compatible with the coronavirus according to data known this Friday.