The Price of Georgia’s Low Vaccination Rate

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Key Points
  • Only 54% of Georgians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The high proportion of unvaccinated Georgians has resulted in preventable hospitalizations that cost upwards of $460 million so far.
  • These direct costs and far larger indirect costs will be felt across society by taxpayers and insured patients.
COVID-19 vaccine uptake in the Peach State is among the lowest in the country, with just 54% of Georgians having received two doses, and less than 1 in 5 having received a booster. The impact is shown in the cost of the unvaccinated becoming hospitalized: nearly half a billion dollars in preventable hospitalization costs alone since ...

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