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Vanderbilt notes COVID-19 deaths, serious illness among unvaccinated patients

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne )  --  Vanderbilt University Medical Center released some sobering pandemic news on Monday.

In a press statement, Tennessee’s largest hospital noted that since the first of June it has had 12 patients who were previously vaccinated against COVID-19 test positive for the virus upon admission.

Hospital officials said eight of those patients were symptom free and were admitted to the hospital for other reasons.

No deaths were reported among the vaccinated group.

However, Vanderbilt also said it had admitted 92 unvaccinated patients for COVID-19 treatment during the same period.

Twenty-five of the unvaccinated patients ended up in the ICU, 10 had to be placed on ventilators, and two eventually died.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 477 Tennesseans hospitalized for COVID-19 complications statewide. That number represents a 145 percent increase in virus hospitalizations in just 15 days.

Vanderbilt officials concluded their press statement, writing:

VUMC stands with the Tennessee Hospital Association and other leading bodies such as the Association of American Medical Colleges in its advocacy for all individuals who are not yet vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Our state’s Increasing numbers of COVID infections and lagging vaccination rates should be of great concern to everyone. The COVID-19 vaccine is the only way to end the pandemic and the time to get vaccinated is now.

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