Vaccinated residents are 11.6 times less likely to be infected by COVID-19 than those who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, new city data shows.
The city’s case rate as of July 31 for those who are fully vaccinated is 5.5 per 100,000 residents, the city said. For those who unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, the case rate is 63.9.
The city’s overall case rate as of Aug. 16 was 36.5, which is higher than Los Angeles County’s rate of 27.9.
In Long Beach, 72.4% of residents over 12 are vaccinated, and 75% of the adult population are vaccinated.
In another key sign that vaccinations are effective at lessening the severity of the virus, the city said the hospitalization rate for those who are vaccinated is 0.8 per 100,000 people, but for those who are unvaccinated it is 11.5. The death rate for those who are vaccinated is zero, the city said, and for unvaccinated it is 0.9 per 100,000 people.
Data also shows that those who are contracting the virus are younger, as this is the group less likely be fully vaccinated. In the beginning of the pandemic, when vaccines weren’t available, the bulks of hospitalizations and deaths were among those over 65.
Those who are age 50-64 now have the highest hospitalization rate at 15.4 per 100,000, compared to 7.5 for those over 65 and 7.4 for those who are 35-49.
The majority of new cases, however, are among those between 25 and 49.
The city released the data ahead of the start of most classes in Long Beach Unified on Aug. 30. Officials are urging more people to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of the virus among those under 12, who aren’t yet able to get the vaccine.
“We are seeing, in parts of the country where school has already started, that kids under 18 are being infected in large numbers,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis said in a statement.
The city is offering vaccine clinics six days per week and mobile clinics for those who are unable to travel. Visit longbeach.gov/vaxlb for more information.