The claim: “The average hospital stay for a case of COVID-19 costs about $17,064. The vaccine is free.” — U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
PolitiFact rating: Mostly true. It’s difficult to determine an average cost for a hospital stay for COVID-19. Many individual factors can cause estimates to swing widely. But Jayapal’s figure is in line with several credible estimates, and to her bigger point, the vaccine is much cheaper.