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Eight months after the first Covid vaccine was rolled out in the United States, debate is raging over how to push hesitant Americans to get the shot to help rein in the pandemic that has cost the country trillions of dollars and over a million lives directly and indirectly. ClearHealthCosts zoomed in on the potential health and financial costs of taking the vaccine versus skipping it.

Out of pocket cost for Covid-19 vaccine in the United States: $0
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021)

Odds of having a severe adverse reaction to a vaccine: 1 or 2 in 1,000,000
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2021)

Average cost of a hospital stay for Covid: $38,221 to $73,300
(FAIR Health, 2021)

Case mortality rate of Covid-19 in the U.S.: 2%
(Our World in Data, August 2021)

Share of fully vaccinated people requiring hospital admission for Covid: 0.004%
(CNN, August 2021)

Share of fully vaccinated people who have died from Covid: 0.001%
(CNN, August 2021)

Share of the total U.S. population that is fully vaccinated: 50.7%
(CDC, August 2021)

Average cost of KN95 mask: $2 to $3 per mask
(, March 2021)

Odds of getting long-Covid after contracting Covid-19: 1 in 10
(Nature, June 2021)

Odds of vaccinated person getting long-Covid from a breakthrough infection: 0.47%
(New England Journal of Medicine, June 2021)

Average number of life years lost per U.S. Covid death in 2020: 14
(Pew Research Center, 2021)

Cost per patient of a course of the antiviral drug, Remdesivir: $2,340 to $3,120
(The American Journal of Managed Care, June 2020)

Cost of monoclonal antibody treatment: $1,250 per dose
(NPR, October 2020)

Minimum quarantine time after contracting symptomatic case of Covid: 10 days
(CDC, 2021)

How many days it takes to achieve maximum immunity after second vaccine dose:  7-14
(Weill Cornell Medical College, February 2021)

How many days it takes to achieve maximum immunity after one Johnson & Johnson dose: 15-29
(NPR, March 2021)

Virginia Jeffries

Virginia Jeffries is a journalist in New York City. Since 2020, she has reported on long...