What interests me the most, and what caused me to write this post, is that New Hampshire is offering unusually complete statistics on the proportions of vaccinated to unvaccinated people who’ve been hospitalized for COVID (or perhaps “with” COVID, although New Hampshire being New Hampshire and not Massachusetts or New York, my guess is that it’s more “from COVID” than “with,” as compared to other states).
The pattern is clear: the unvaccinated are heavily represented in the serious cases, much more than would be expected based on their proportion in the population. Somewhere between 35 and 45 percent of New Hampshirites are unvaccinated, but here are hospitalization statistics; you can take a look for yourselves.
As I’ve written many times before, I defend anyone’s right to remain unvaccinated for any reason whatsoever. But it does trouble me that quite a few unvaccinated people in New Hampshire are dying who might otherwise have lived, had they been vaccinated. Of course, some vaccinated people are dying, too, but it seems clear that vaccination confers a significant benefit over nonvaccination for those who actually do contract COVID, at least in New Hampshire at the moment.