Hospitals: Almost all COVID-19 patients unvaccinated

Coronavirus

Medical personnel work inside a COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at the military hospital in Lisbon, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. The military hospital is expanding it’s number of beds available to take COVID-19 patients from the National Health Service. Portugal is reporting new daily records of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations as a recent pandemic surge continues unabated. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Hospital Association said that 94% of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 did not get vaccinated against the virus as the group announced a new initiative to encourage more people to get the shots.

The organization is joining with other healthcare groups for an initiative called “ We Can Do This Alabama ” to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The grassroots effort is asking Alabamians to sign up to be a local champion and encourage three new people each week to get vaccinated and to recruit others to do the same.

“This is a pivotal moment in ending the pandemic – getting Alabamians vaccinated as quickly as possible is the path out of this crisis,” the Hospital Association said in a press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccines are effective at preventing nearly all hospitalizations and deaths because of COVID-19. It takes two weeks after a vaccination for a person to build immunity and people are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after their final shot, the CDC cautions.

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