DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain at an all-time high, but what about the number of people dying from the virus?

According to the department, a total of 12,000 Alabamians have lost their lives due to COVID since the start of the pandemic. Dr. Karen Landers with ADPH said the state is certainly still having deaths due to the virus, something she describes as being very tragic.

Landers’ main concern lies in those Alabamians who remain unvaccinated.

“The number, the percent of deaths in Alabama in fully vaccinated persons is .003 percent that is very, very low among fully vaccinated people,” Landers’ said.

Dr. Landers said the vast majority of deaths in Alabama are among unvaccinated people this is why she said now is the time to get vaccinated, especially since the FDA recently approved the Pfizer vaccine.