- Oct 6, 2018
Assuming for a moment that the data in the screenshot is authentic (the author himself seems less than certain), people who are at greater risk for Covid, are more likely to have been vaccinated, so vaccinated people will tend to be overrepresented amongst hospitalised patients.
The memes have been flying around South African Whatsapp groups: Only the unvaccinated are in the hospitals! Only the unvaccinated are dying!
This was always a bit disingenuous as only a small minority of the South African population has been vaccinated anyway, and probably the health-conscious ones at that. It would also be odd that South Africa would be totally different in this regard when Israeli and UK data have clearly shown large proportions of vaccinated amongst new covid dead. (Hence all the boosters.)
But now, when data leaks from government, which shows the percentage of vaccinated patients in hospital for covid is higher than the percentage of total vaccinated in the population as a whole, the Whatsapp groups have gone quiet, as has the media.