- A CDC study finds that unvaccinated Americans are more likely to be infected with COVID, need to be hospitalized or die from the virus
- Researchers found illiterate residents of the Pacific Northwest were four times as likely to contract the virus
- Once infected, unvaccinated people were twice as likely to be hospitalized and seven times more likely to die from the virus
- The team says its findings support the need for vaccines, and prove that the vaccines are effective against the delta variant.
Yet another study adds to a growing mountain of evidence that unvaccinated Americans are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 than those who get their shots.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely to be hospitalized with COVID, and seven times as likely to die, than those who have not been vaccinated.
The study shows a huge disparity in health outcomes between those who have been vaccinated after contracting the virus and those who are not.
Researchers also say it strengthens the case that all Americans should get shots as soon as possible.
A CDC report has found that unvaccinated people are four times more likely to become infected with Kovid than those who are not vaccinated. Among those who become infected, non-vaccinated people are twice as likely to be hospitalized and seven times more likely to die from the virus. Pictured: A man in Brussels, Belgium, receives treatment in hospital for COVID-19 on April 28, 2021
The report, published Thursday by the agency, collected data from the Kaiser Permanente Northwest health care system from July to September 2021.
Overall in the study, there were 137,000 non-vaccinated people and 344,00 vaccinated members.
Of the vaccinated group, 3,009 were infected with COVID during the study period, or 8.7 out of every 1,000 people.
Uninfected people were nearly four times as likely to be infected, with 4,146 — or 30.1 — of every 1,000 people who tested positive for the virus during the study period.
The research team found that people who were vaccinated who eventually became infected also did generally better.
More than 18 percent of the unaffiliated members of the study group who contracted COVID required hospitalization for their treatment.
Less than half of that total, nine percent, of those infected required that level of treatment.
Even when vaccinated people were hospitalized, they often performed better than their non-vaccinated peers.
The researchers found that 0.43 out of every 1,000 unvaccinated patients who contracted the virus died, compared to only 0.06 out of every 1,000 vaccinated patients — a sevenfold difference.
The researchers say their findings support the need for widespread vaccination in the US, and show that the jab is effective against the delta variant.
‘During this period of wide delta version circulation (July-September 2021), the events of [Covd] Infections were lower in fully vaccinated individuals and less likely to result from [emergency room] travel, hospitalization, or death compared to cases of unrelated persons,’ he wrote.
‘These data support CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination, including additional and booster doses, so that the public can protect themselves from severe COVID-19, including illness and hospitalization caused by the delta variant is included.’
While most Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID, there is still a remaining unvaccinated population that is at risk of serious complications from the virus.
According to official data from the CDC, 69 percent of Americans age 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, and about 80 percent are at least partially immunized.
Jabs are currently available to all Americans ages five and older, although ages five to 11 weren’t eligible until the first week of November.
Since the pandemic began, more than 767,000 Americans have died of complications from COVID, with nearly 1,000 dying every day.