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Majority of Cayuga County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated residents, says health director

The majority of Cayuga County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations so far this year have been either unvaccinated or vaccinated residents who haven’t gotten the booster, says public health director Kathleen Cuddy.

Since January 1, 2022, 142 people in Cayuga County have been hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those 142, half were not vaccinated, and 32% were vaccinated but had not received the booster shot, according to The Citizen.

Cuddy says these numbers point to the effectiveness of booster shots in preventing COVID-related complications in fully vaccinated people.

The health department’s latest update shows there are 53 current active cases of COVID-19 in Cayuga County.