According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, three-quarters of Los Angeles residents suffering from COVID-19 were unvaccinated between May and July. Although the extremely infectious Delta variant spreads very quickly, vaccines are still the best way to protect yourself from hospitalization and severe disease.
The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has published the results of analyzes that the Delta variant may increasingly break immunity in vaccinated people. In Los Angeles, every fourth infected person was fully vaccinated, reports the CDC in Atlanta. However, nearly three-quarters of COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated at all.
The analyzes were conducted from May to July 25 this year and included more than 43,000 residents of Los Angeles County infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Of these, 10,895, or 25.3 percent, were vaccinated with two doses of the anti-COVID-19 formulation. 1,431 people also became infected, or 3.3 percent of those who received a single dose of the vaccine.
The CDC notes that immunity breakdowns are becoming more common in fully vaccinated people. However, experts point out that almost three-quarters of COVID-19 patients were not vaccinated at all.
Don’t underestimate the risk
The CDC encourages vaccination. Experts emphasize that even if a fully vaccinated person becomes infected, they are more protected against hospitalization and the severe course of COVID-19. As shown by CDC analyzes, the unvaccinated are approximately 29 times more likely to be hospitalized due to coronavirus infection. The risk of dying from COVID-19 is five times greater than for those who are vaccinated.
– Do not underestimate the risks and serious consequences of this virus. Vaccines are the best tool we can use to contain this pandemic, said CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky at a briefing at the White House.
CDC confirms that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness is declining over the months. This is indicated by studies of over four thousand medical workers in six US states in the period from December 2020 to August 2021 (83% of respondents were vaccinated). They showed that in recent months, protection from US vaccines (mainly Pfizer) has fallen from 91 percent to 66 percent.
“But vaccines are still effective,” said the CDC. The report “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly” emphasizes that although the research suggests a moderate decrease in the effectiveness of vaccination in preventing infection, the reduction by three-quarters of its complications confirms that their continuation is important and beneficial in the fight against COVID-19.
According to President Joe Biden, “virtually all” hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in the US are attributable to unvaccinated people.
– Let me explain. There are cases where vaccinated people get COVID-19, but they are much rarer than unvaccinated people. And most importantly, the condition of those vaccinated during the disease is much better – he said during his Monday speech.
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