COVID Booster Campaign Could Prevent Thousands of Deaths, Save Billions in Medical Costs

  • Oct 14, 2022

    With the updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters available, federal investment in vaccination campaigns could save thousands of people from hospitalizations and deaths and avert billions of dollars in medical costs, The Commonwealth Fund predicted.

    The study projected three scenarios: a baseline scenario where vaccination rates remain at the average rate in August 2022 — about 28 doses per 100,000 people per day — from September 2022 to March 2023. In the first vaccination campaign scenario, COVID booster uptake by the end of 2022 reaches the same level as influenza vaccination coverage seen in 2020–2021, and then remains at the baseline rate until the end of March 2023. This could prevent more than 75,000 deaths and generate $44 billion in medical cost savings over the course of the next six months, compared with the baseline scenario. Read more
  • Jinghong Chen

    Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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