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Unvaccinated persons face higher risk of infection


Far more likely to be hospitalized

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) cautions that not getting the COVID-19 vaccine can lead to devastating consequences.  Public Health continues to track the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines.

Unvaccinated people are reportedly seven times more likely to get infected with COVID-19 and 44 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated people. Unvaccinated teens 12 to 17 years old continue to now have the highest case rate of all age groups.

While the death rate among vaccinated people remains very low and nearly flat, deaths among unvaccinated people continue to remain exponentially higher. On Oct. 23, the risk of death was 60 times higher among unvaccinated people than among those who had been vaccinated, 8.2 deaths per 100,000 unvaccinated people compared with 0.13 deaths per 100,000 vaccinated people.

In order to track the protection offered by vaccines, data is collected and analyzed for fully vaccinated people countywide. Among the nearly 6 million fully vaccinated people in L.A. County, Public Health identified 72,163 people who were fully vaccinated who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Nov. 9. This is slightly over 1 percent of fully vaccinated people in L.A. County testing positive. Of those who tested positive, 2,420 were hospitalized, which translates to 0.041 percent of all fully vaccinated people. There have been 396 deaths among fully vaccinated people, or 0.007 percent of fully vaccinated people passed away.

Out of the nearly 10.3 million L.A. County residents, including those who are not eligible for the vaccine, 70 percent have received at least one dose, and 63 percent are fully vaccinated.

Anyone five years and older living or working in L.A. County can get vaccinated. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public Health vaccination sites where first, second, and third doses are available.

To find a vaccination site near you, make an appointment at vaccination sites, and much more, visit: (English) and  (Spanish). Those without internet access, or the ability to use a computer, or over 65, can call 1(833) 540-0473 for help finding an appointment, connecting to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound.

Find out more about COVID-19 Sector Protocols, Best Practices, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community on the Public Health at