The country’s top infectious disease expert said Americans who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are several times more likely to be hospitalized or die.
During a White House COVID-19 Response Team press conference on Friday, Dr. Anthony Fauci Virus Outcome Data by Vaccination Status of Public Health – Seattle and King County in Washington State.
The data showed that individuals who had not started or completed their vaccine series were eight times more likely to test positive for Covid.
These people were also 41 times more likely to be hospitalized because of the virus and 57 times more likely to die than those who were fully vaccinated.
Fauci said that because these numbers are from the past month, it shows how highly transmissible the Delta variant is and how protective vaccines are against the most severe effects of Covid.
“This is COVID-19 data from the past 30 days — essentially Delta data,” he said.
‘COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, convenient and free. They protect you, your loved ones and your community.”
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dr. Anthony Fauci shared COVID-19 data at a White House COVID-19 Response Team press conference on Friday (above) from Washington State’s King County, comparing under-vaccinated people with fully-vaccinated people in the past 30 days
People who had not started or completed vaccination were 57 times more likely to die with a daily rate of 2.28 deaths per 100,000 compared to 0.04 deaths per 100,000 for fully vaccinated. Chart only shows data as of September 22
The data compared King County residents with “breakthrough cases,” which occur when people test positive for Covid at least 14 days after receiving their last dose, with unvaccinated people who contract the virus.
Officials have previously stated that no vaccine offers 100 percent protection, meaning there will be more breakthrough cases as more people are vaccinated.
However, studies have shown that less than one percent of people who are fully vaccinated contract the virus, and even fewer have serious complications.
As of September 20, the most recent date for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data available, 14,643 of the more than 181 million fully vaccinated people were hospitalized.
An even smaller number – 4,493 – died.
The new data, collected by King County officials, shows how uncommon breakthrough infections are and how protective COVID-19 vaccines are against critical illnesses.
Fully vaccinated residents were compared with ‘not fully vaccinated’ people – that is, unvaccinated people, people who have just started their vaccine series and those who have completed the vaccination within the last 14 days.
The results showed that in the past 30 days, 11,868 unvaccinated people tested positive for Covid compared to 5,640 fully vaccinated residents.
The daily case rate for fully vaccinated people was 10.7 new cases per 100,000 people, compared to 82.4 per 100,000 among those not fully vaccinated.
This means that people who were not fully vaccinated were 7.7 times more likely to contract the virus.
The number of hospital admissions for not fully vaccinated people was 41 times higher: 8.72 per 100,000 per day compared to 0.21 per 100,000 per day for fully vaccinated people. Chart shows data from September 22 only
People who were not fully vaccinated were eight times more likely to test positive at 82.4 cases per 100,000 compared to 10.7 new cases per 100,000 for those vaccinated in the past 30 days. Chart only shows data as of September 22
When it came to hospitalizations and deaths, the risk was even higher in not fully vaccinated individuals.
In the past month, 543 under-vaccinated residents were hospitalized at a rate of 8.72 per $100 per day.
In comparison, 131 people who completed their immunization series were hospitalized at a daily rate of 0.21 per 100,000 per day — meaning the fully vaccinated were 41.4 times less likely to need inpatient care.
In the same period, 90 incompletely vaccinated individuals died as well as 26 fully vaccinated individuals.
With a daily case rate of 2.28 deaths per 100,000 for those who are not fully vaccinated, compared to 0.04 per 100,000 for those who are fully vaccinated, that means those who have not started or completed their vaccine series are 56.7 times more likely have to die from Covid.
All coronavirus samples that undergo genetic sequencing have been confirmed as Delta, meaning the variant is responsible for 100% of cases (above)
As these cases, hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in the past month, Fauci said they are related to the Delta-fueled spike.
AN report Last week the Department of Health showed that as of Sept. 11, all virus samples that underwent genetic sequencing were confirmed as Delta, meaning the variant is essentially responsible for 100 percent of all infections.
The variant is at least twice as contagious as previous dominant species, including the Alpha variant, which originated in the UK.
“We are very concerned about this increase in the number of cases caused by the delta variant, which is spreading like wildfire among men, women and children,” Umair Shah, the health minister in Washington, said last month.
“Vaccination is the best tool we have in this pandemic, but we also recommend that individuals mask themselves indoors and avoid large, crowded environments that may or may not have been vaccinated.”