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South Australian health authorities have released Covid-19 vaccination statistics that reveal those who aren’t vaccinated are three times more likely to die from the virus than those who’ve received three doses.
According to ABC News, research collated by SA Health looked at the death rates in positive Covid-19 cases while comparing the difference in mortality between vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
It found that for every 100,000 cases of unvaccinated people, there is a death rate of 159.71, compared with a death rate of 50 for people with three or more doses.
Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrer said that given the recent data, Australians should make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations ahead of flu season, especially as the country continues to lessen restrictions.
"Vaccination saves lives, and it is particularly important for all South Australians to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as we move into winter, there are more cases in the community and other ways of controlling disease transmission, such as density restrictions, are removed," she said.
"Our local SA data shows that adults who are triple-vaccinated have the most protection against severe impacts of COVID-19, including a very low risk of death at 0.05 per cent."
Ms Spurrer also said the evidence showed unvaccinated citizens are much more at risk of dying from the virus than those who have received multiple doses.
"Adults who are partially vaccinated (one or two doses) have double the chance of dying if they contract the disease and adults who are completely unvaccinated have triple the chance of dying, compared to those with three doses," she said.
The data comes just two days before South Australia relaxes its mask rules, as masks will no longer be mandatory in most indoor places from April 14.
However, masks will still be required in high-risk areas such as aged-care facilities, hospitals and public transport.
Premier Peter Malinauskas said the decision to relax these restrictions proves Australians are edging closer toward normality in the post-Covid-19 world, ABC News reports.
"Come Good Friday, we will see a substantial relaxation in the requirement to wear masks in South Australia," he said.
"That's something I think that provides a lot of relief to people, particularly those who wear them as a matter of requirement as distinct from a matter of choice."
Along with mask mandates dropped, the state will mostly remove all QR codes check-ins as well.