CDC: Risk Of Dying From Covid Is 11 Times Higher For Unvaccinated Adults

CDC: Risk Of Dying From Covid Is 11 Times Higher For Unvaccinated Adults

Unvaccinated Adults

CDC: Risk Of Dying From Covid Is 11 Times Higher For Unvaccinated Adults. In this Aug. 12, 2021 file photo, workers from USA Health test a person for COVID-19 during a drive-up clinic in Mobile, Ala. Health officials say they are seeing a spike in cases among young adults and children as the highly contagious delta variant sweeps through unvaccinated populations. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File)

Unvaccinated adults are 11 times more likely to die from covid-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, according to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data from August also showed that unvaccinated adults were six times as likely to test positive for covid-19, and 19 times more likely to be hospitalized than their fully vaccinated counterparts, CNN reported.

“The virus isn’t stupid, it’s going to go there,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said last week about pockets of the country where people remain mostly unvaccinated.

The data fluctuates based on age groups, the CDC said. “For example, the rate of Covid-19 hospitalizations among adults under the age of 50 is about 15 times higher for unvaccinated people than for fully vaccinated people,” CNN summarized in its report. “For those age 50 to 64, the hospitalization rate is 31 times higher for unvaccinated people, and for those age 65 and older, the hospitalization rate is 16 times higher for unvaccinated people.”

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The CDC did note the data is not fully comprehensive but is reflective of 30 percent of the U.S. population. It shows the risk of death from covid-19 declined earlier in the year but increased again in August and September with the arrival of the delta and delta plus variants.

The study was released Thursday, a day after the Food and Drug Administration authorized the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine booster shots and said it is OK to mix and match doses regardless of what shot one initially received.

Pfizer-BioNTech also released data Friday showing its covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 is safe, USA Today reported. Health officials will have to decide whether they agree.

During a CNN Townhall on Thursday, President Joe Biden encouraged Americans not to let up in efforts to fight the deadly virus.

“Now is not the time to let up,” Biden said. “We’re in a very critical period as we work to turn the corner on covid-19. First, we have to do more to vaccinate the 66 million unvaccinated people in America. It’s essential.”