nurse standing by patient in hospital bed The cost of treating unvaccinated Americans is shared by patients, taxpayer-funded public programs and private insurance premiums. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nearly three in 10 adults in the United States have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Although the toll on public health has been well-documented, increased hospitalizations also are also costing taxpayer-funded public insurance programs and workers and businesses who pay health insurance premiums.

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