Data from US states and cities shows how dangerous it is to be unvaccinated in America as the number of COVID-19 cases rises.
In Maryland, all virus-related deaths in the month of June were among people who had not received their injections.
Several other states — including Louisiana, Alabama, Illinois and California — have all reported 96 percent or more residents who recently died of Covid had not been vaccinated.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified only 6,600 severe cases leading to hospitalization or death.
The numbers support comments from health officials who are calling the current wave a “pandemic of unvaccinated.”
The vast majority of Covid deaths in the US now occur among those who have not been vaccinated. Pictured: Vaccination at a Wilmington, California clinic, July 2021
In Louisiana, 97 percent of Covid deaths since February 2021 have been unvaccinated
The US is well into another wave of Covid, with rising cases caused by the Indian ‘Delta’ variant.
On Monday, officials recorded 127,976 new COVID-19 cases with a seven-day moving average of 85,459, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – an increase of 266 percent over the 23,291 average of three weeks ago.
These cases include a number of breakthrough cases, where a person tests positive for the virus after being fully vaccinated.
But when it comes to serious illness and death, COVID-19 has an overwhelming impact on those who have not received injections.
For example, in Maryland, every person who died of Covid in the month of June was not vaccinated, according to a spokesperson for the governor of the state.
In that same month, 95 percent of Covid cases and 93 percent of Maryland hospitalizations occurred in people who had not been vaccinated.
Louisiana recently reported similar statistics.
According to Governor John Bel Edwards, 97 percent of Covid cases and deaths in the state since February have been in people who had not been vaccinated.
The state is currently seeing renewed interest in vaccinations. While just over a third of Louisiana residents have been fully vaccinated, daily dose numbers have doubled in the past three weeks.
in alabama, 96.2 percent of residents who have died of Covid since April 1, had not been vaccinated.
“COVID-19 vaccines are our best defense in preventing serious illness and death, and this is especially important as the highly transmissible Delta variant is spreading,” said Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris last month.
“While it is possible to get any strain of the virus, infected people are much less likely to have complications or hospitalizations if they are fully vaccinated.”
More than 97 percent of Illinois residents who died from Covid in 2021 were not vaccinated
in illinois, 97.6 percent of Covid deaths have occurred in unvaccinated people since January 2021.
The state department of public health has reported a total of 169 deaths and 644 hospitalizations among breakthrough cases — of more than six million Illinois residents who have been fully vaccinated.
The breakthrough rate in California is even lower than the state’s vaccination rate.
The state has 93 dead identified between breakthrough cases. That represents just 0.3 percent of California’s Covid deaths since Jan. 1 — meaning 99.7 percent of the deaths were among the unvaccinated.
Of the more than 20 million fully vaccinated people in California, the state’s public health department says, only 0.1 percent (about 21,000) have been identified as breakthrough cases.
The vast majority of 2021 Covid cases, deaths and hospitalizations in New York City will affect unvaccinated New Yorkers
in New York City, 98.8 percent of residents who died of Covid between January and mid-June had not been vaccinated.
Of New Yorkers hospitalized with Covid, 98.4 percent had not been vaccinated.
Across the country, the CDC has identified: about 6,600 serious cases after vaccination leading to hospitalization or death.
Of the more than 164 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid, only 1,263 have died after testing positive for the virus.
In addition, the CDC notes that 309 of those deaths were asymptomatic or not directly related to Covid symptoms.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and other officials have called the recent Covid surge in recent weeks a “pandemic of unvaccinated people,” citing the overwhelming evidence that vaccines protect people from serious illness.
“Our vaccines work to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death,” Dr. Walensky said at a news conference Monday.
“If you’re not vaccinated, protect yourself and get vaccinated.”