Center for Disease Control: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid


Center for Disease Control: Unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from Covid 

The research, which included more than 600,000 people in 13 jurisdictions, also determined that unvaccinated residents were more than ten times more likely to be hospitalized — figures that confirm that COVID-19 vaccines protect recipients from mortality and hospitalization.

The studies come just a day after President Biden announced a new rule requiring all businesses with 100 or more employees to mandate frequent coronavirus vaccinations or tests.

" Walinsky said during the briefing. "The CDC will continue to do everything we can to increase vaccination rates across the nation by working with communities, trusted reporters, and providing vaccine-related advice to make sure people have the correct information to make their decision."

"The bottom line is: We have the scientific tools we need to deal with this pandemic," Walinsky said. "Vaccination is effective and will protect us from serious complications of COVID-19. It will protect our children and allow them to stay in school for safe personal learning."

The agency and the Biden administration are touting the data behind vaccine efficacy in their bolstering efforts to obtain unvaccinated vaccines.

The U.S. has made progress on immunizations, reaching 75 percent of adults who had at least one dose earlier this week.

But the portion of unvaccinated people continues to influence the U.S. course in the pandemic, with unvaccinated people who are rising hospitalizations and deaths.

The other two studies in the CDC's Weekly Illness and Mortality Report released Friday focused on the vaccine's effectiveness against hospitalization.

One including five Veterans Affairs medical centers found that the overall effectiveness of mRNA vaccines against hospitalization was 86.8 percent.

Likewise, another estimated effectiveness of 86 percent among patients in emergency and urgent care departments and hospitals in nine states.

However, the studies have also provided some evidence that the effectiveness of vaccines is starting to wane among the elderly, leading researchers to demand further investigation.

For patients in emergency and urgent care departments and hospitals in nine states, effectiveness among those aged 75 and over was 76 percent, while among those ages 18 to 74, efficacy was 89 percent.

But the researchers urged caution, with the report saying, "This moderate decrease should be interpreted with caution and may be related to changes in SARS-CoV-2, a decrease in vaccine-induced immunity with an increase in the time since vaccination, or a combination of factors."

The study involving Veterans Affairs facilities determined that the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccine among those 65 years of age or older was 79.8%, compared with 95.1% among those ages 18 to 64.

According to CDC data, more than 82 percent of those 65 and older have been fully vaccinated.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Friday that the department aims to "get as close to 100 percent as possible" through expanded outreach.

"We know that every older person is important in regards to their vaccination as a potentially life-saving," he said, adding that booster vaccines would "likely be beneficial" for older adults.

 Biden administration plans to begin giving additional snapshots to recipients on September 20, eight months after the second snapshot.

But the plan led to criticism from some experts who said the administration was ahead of the FDA's review process, though officials say the strategy relies on FDA approval.

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