Unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely to be hospitalized, seven times more likely to die from Covid

Unvaccinated Americans are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized and seven times more likely to die from Covid as people who received the shot, CDC study finds

  • Unvaccinated Americans are much more likely to be infected with Covid, hospitalized or dying from the virus, CDC study finds
  • Researchers found that unvaccinated residents of the Pacific Northwest were four times more likely to contract the virus
  • Once infected, the unvaccinated were twice as likely to be hospitalized and seven times as likely to die from the virus
  • The team says its findings support the need for the vaccines and prove that the vaccines are effective against the Delta variant


Yet another study has been added to the growing mountain of evidence that unvaccinated Americans are at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 than those who have had their injections.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely to be hospitalized from Covid and seven times more likely to die than vaccinated people.

The study shows the huge disparity in health outcomes between those who are and are not vaccinated after contracting the virus.

Researchers also say this strengthens the argument for why all Americans should get the injections ASAP.

A CDC report shows that unvaccinated people are four times more likely to be infected by Covid than vaccinated people. Of those who do become infected, the unvaccinated are twice as likely to be hospitalized and seven times as likely to die from the virus. Pictured: A man in Brussels, Belgium, will be treated in hospital for COVID-19 on April 28, 2021

The report, published by the agency on Thursday, collected data from the Kaiser Permanente Northwest health care system from July to September 2021.

In total, there were 137,000 unvaccinated people and 344.00 vaccinated members in the study.

Of the vaccinated group, 3,009 were infected with Covid during the study period, or 8.7 in 1,000 people.

Unvaccinated people were almost four times more likely to get infected, with 4,146 – or 30.1 in 1,000 people – testing positive for the virus during the study period.

The research team found that vaccinated people who eventually became infected were also generally better off.

More than 18 percent of the unvaccinated members of the study who contracted Covid had to be hospitalized for their treatment.

Less than half of that total, nine percent, of the vaccinated people who were infected needed that level of treatment.

Even when vaccinated people were hospitalized, they still often outperform their unvaccinated peers.

The researchers found that 0.43 of every 1,000 unvaccinated patients who contracted the virus died from it, compared with just 0.06 of every 1,000 vaccinated patients — a seven-fold difference.

Researchers say their findings support the need for widespread vaccination in the US, showing that the shot is effective against the Delta variant.

During this period of widespread circulation of the Delta variant (July-September 2021), incidence of [Covd] infections was lower in fully vaccinated individuals and less likely to have a [emergency room] visit, hospitalization or death compared to cases in unvaccinated individuals,” they wrote.

“These data support CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination, including supplemental and booster doses, for the public to protect themselves from severe COVID-19, including illness and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant.”

Although a majority of Americans are fully vaccinated against Covid, there is still an unvaccinated population at risk of serious complications from the virus.

According to official CDC data, 69 percent of Americans ages 12 and older are fully vaccinated and nearly 80 percent are at least partially immunized.

The jabs are currently available to all Americans ages five and older, although the five to 11 age group was not eligible until the first week of November.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 767,000 Americans have died from Covid complications, with about 1,000 dying each day.

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