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Hospitalized Covid-19 patients are asking for the vaccine -- when it's too late, two health care workers say

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As the Delta variant helps fuel a surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US, unvaccinated patients are regretting their inoculation status, two health care workers say.

(CNN)As the Delta variant helps fuel a surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US, unvaccinated patients are regretting their inoculation status, two health care workers say.

"When they come into the (hospital) system, they say, 'Can I get vaccinated?' And at that point, you can't," Alix Zacharski, an intensive care clinical nurse manager at Miami's Jackson Health System, told CNN's "Newsroom" Thursday.

Unvaccinated people who get Covid-19 and have symptoms should "wait to be vaccinated until they have recovered from their illness," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

The country is seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases, largely involving unvaccinated people, health officials say.

The Delta variant represented an estimated 83. 2% of all coronavirus cases in the US for the two weeks ending last Saturday, the CDC says.

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