In an effort to help our community understand COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, we release updated system hospitalization data monthly. This infographic has evolved over time and will continue to as more data becomes available.
The data in this infographic represents hospitalizations at Carilion Clinic facilities from Dec. 1-31, 2021.
Here's what the infographic tells our providers:
We're seeing record high COVID-19 hospitalizations, which have continued into this month and are still increasing. Fatalities are decreasing, but length of stay is increasing.
- Current hospitalizations, serious illness, ventilator use and deaths are driven by patients who have not received COVID‑19 vaccination.
- A small number of vaccinated persons do go on to have severe illness, so it is still important that people continue to mask, distance and avoid high-risk activities.
- It's also important for those eligible to get a COVID-19 booster to strengthen your immune response.
Anecdotally, booster doses are helping to keep people out of the hospital. We hope to have more data on the booster doses in future graphics.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series (Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines) or two weeks after a single dose vaccine (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson).
Carilion Clinic's Infectious Diseases team recommends that everyone who is eligible receives a booster vaccine for the best protection against severe illness and hospitalization. It is especially important for seniors who were vaccinated early on to get their booster shots. They may be unaware that they need or are eligible to receive boosters once 6 months have passed since they were first vaccinated.
Please encourage the seniors in your life to get their booster shots as soon as possible.
To learn more or to find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment near you, visit:
- The Virginia Department of Health
- Carilion Clinic's COVID-19 vaccination information page
- Your primary care provider
Free vaccines are also available at retail pharmacies like WalMart, CVS, Kroger and Carilion Clinic pharmacies.
We also ask that you help us defend the front lines and keep our Emergency Department focused on true emergencies by seeking the appropriate level of care for your condition.
If you have a non-life-threatening illness or injury, or you need a COVID-19 test, please consider primary care, urgent care such as Carilion Clinic's VelocityCare or retail pharmacy options. To find a testing site near you, visit the Virginia Department of Health or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA (1-877-829-4682).
Of course, if you do have a critical condition or life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency department.