CDC analysis reveals an 11 times higher risk of death in unvaccinated adults than fully vaccinated people in the US.
Since the start of the pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking the rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths within the country. Earlier this month, the health authority published its surveillance data gathered over the summer, from 16 jurisdictions. The data evaluated the country’s rate of cases and deaths among vaccinated and unvaccinated adults. This is the first time that CDC has made COVID-19 risks based on vaccine status available to the public.
According to the CDC’s records, approximately 56% of Americans have completed their vaccinations. However, day by day, fewer and fewer people are getting vaccinated in the country. Although the United States was one of the first few countries to start vaccinating their population, the average daily doses have significantly declined throughout the year. Increasing reports of vaccine-related side effects and the spread of false news by anti-vaxxers have led to vaccine hesitancy among the population. Despite multiple tactics and policies, health officials are struggling with convincing people towards vaccines.
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CDC’s data revealed that unvaccinated adults had an 11 times higher risk of dying than vaccinated people. Researchers observed an uptick in deaths in accordance with a surge in delta variant. The spread of the delta variant also led to an increase in breakthrough infections. Throughout August, unvaccinated adults had a 6 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID. Moreover, they had a 19 times higher chance of undergoing hospitalization.
The health authority also evaluated which vaccine provided the best protection in the face of rising variants. Moderna provided the best protection, whereas Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine led to the highest risk of infection and death. However, all vaccines fared better than no vaccine. Therefore, experts are urging that people complete their vaccine schedules to stay protected.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention