In an Aug. 23 press release from VDH, the updates will allow for the comparison of three categories: fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and unvaccinated. The dashboard will also keep a count of breakthrough COVID-19 cases.
Between January 17 and August 14 of this year, more than 250,000 Virginians developed COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive. Of the 4.7 million fully vaccinated people accounted for, only 10,712 were infected during that time period. Unvaccinated people developed COVID-19 at a rate 12.5 times higher than fully vaccinated people.
The VDH says that because of the improved data collecting, the number for infections, hospitalizations and deaths shown on the dashboard will increase. This improvement now allows for COVID-19 cases from the Virginia Electronic Disease Surveillance System, to be automatically matched with immunization records in the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS).
Up until now, VDH staff was matching vaccination status to infection by hand, which required more time. Previously, VDH staff were performing the match by hand to determine vaccination status, which took additional time.
Please note, all COVID-19 data are preliminary and subject to change and will be updated as quality assurance activities are completed.
For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit the VDH Coronavirus website. Anyone age 12 years and older is eligible to receive one of three available vaccines for the virus. To find more information or to schedule an appointment, visit Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users may call 7-1-1).