With the delta variant still active across the country, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the efficacy of authorized COVID-19 vaccines, suggesting that unvaccinated individuals are about 11 times more likely to die from a COVID-19 infection.
Across 13 U.S. jurisdictions between April 4 and July 17, researchers monitored adult COVID-19 patients based on vaccination status, monitoring the severity of each case and patient outcomes.
They found that unvaccinated patients were 10.4 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital with a severe COVID-19 infection and 11 times more likely to die from the infection than their vaccinated counterparts. Within the sample of patients, 91 percent of all fatalities following infections were reported among patients who were not fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated individuals were also overall five times less likely to contract an infection to begin with than unvaccinated individuals, corroborated by the delta variant’s initial foothold in largely unvaccinated communities.
“Rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths were substantially higher in persons not fully vaccinated compared with those in fully vaccinated persons, similar to findings in other reports,” the study concludes.
Another CDC report published simultaneously documented Moderna as having a higher vaccine efficacy rate than the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with 95 percent efficacy rates compared to 80 percent and 60 percent efficacy rates, respectively. A third report exhibited the efficacy of mRNA vaccines as a whole on a sample of the U.S. veteran population and found full doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines were 86.8 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations, even during the delta variant outbreaks.
Despite reports like these showing the benefits of vaccination, the CDC estimates that about 54 percent of U.S. citizens are fully vaccinated — a slow and small uptick from the 52 percent that the U.S. lingered at for weeks.
In light of the increasing infections and slow vaccination growth rates, President Biden unveiled new measures — including requiring all federal employees to get vaccinated — on Thursday to improve vaccination nationwide.
“What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. the vaccine has FDA approval, over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot,” the president said. “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and the refusal has cost all of us. so please do the right thing.”