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COVID-19 hospitalization rates up as delta variant continues to spread

Hospitalization rates have increased across the country. These charts show how and where it's happening.

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As the more transmissible delta variant continues to spread, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 each day has risen across the country. Nearly all of the people hospitalized are not vaccinated.

In some states, the number of people being admitted to the hospital with confirmed COVID-19 has topped levels not seen since the winter, when cases, hospitalizations, and deaths last surged most significantly in America.

COVID-19 vaccines, which are available to everyone in the U.S. age 12 and older, are extremely effective at preventing death and hospitalization. In recent weeks, vaccination rates have risen alongside cases and hospitalizations – but just under half of the country is still not fully vaccinated.

Charts: COVID-19 hospitalization rate data by state

States with fewer vaccinated residents are more likely to see higher hospitalization rates.

For example, less than 40% of Alabama's residents are fully vaccinated, and about 60 people per 100,000 were newly admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 last week. That's in stark contrast with  Massachusetts, where more than 65% of the residents are fully vaccinated and fewer than 10 people per 100,000 were hospitalized with COVID-19 last week.

The rise in COVID-19 patients has pushed some hospitals to capacity –  leaving less room and staff for people with other medical needs.

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Chart: States' COVID-19 vaccination rates vs COVID-19 hospitalization rates

How to get vaccinated

All adults can receive a Pfizer, Moderna or J&J COVID-19 vaccine. Children 12 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine; they can even receive the shot along with their other routine vaccinations.

Have questions? Visit our resource guide or talk to your primary care physician about the vaccine. 

To find vaccines available near you, go to or text your ZIP code to 438 829.

Read more: What to expect when you get a vaccine

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