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

Yet another study has been added to the growing mountain of evidence that unvaccinated Americans suffer a greater risk of complications from COVID-19 than those who’ve had their shots.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that unvaccinated Americans are twice as likely to require hospitalization from Covid, and seven times as likely to die than vaccinated people.

The study shows the vast disparity in health outcomes between those who are and are not vaccinated after they contract the virus.

Researchers also say that this strengthens the case for why all Americans should get the shots as soon as they can.

A CDC report finds that unvaccinated people are four times as likely to be infected by Covid than vaccinated people. Among those who do get infected, the unvaccinated are twice as likely to require hospitalization and seven times as likely to die because of the virus. Pictured: A man in Brussels, Belgium, receives hospital treatment for COVID-19 on April 28, 2021

The report, published by the agency on Thursday, gathered data from 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 out of every 1,000 people.

Unvaccinated people were nearly four times as likely to be infected, with 4,146 – or 30.1 out of every 1,000 people – testing positive for the virus during the study period.

The research team found that vaccinated people who did end up getting infected were generally better off as well.

More than 18 percent of unvaccinated members of the study group who contracted Covid required hospitalization for their treatment.

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

Even when vaccinated people were hospitalized, they still often fare better than their unvaccinated peers.

The researchers found that 0.43 out of every 1,000 unvaccinated patients who contracted the virus died from it, compared to only 0.06 out of every 1,000 vaccinated patients – a seven fold difference. 

Researchers say that their findings support the need for widespread vaccination in the U.S., and show that the jab is effective against the Delta variant.

‘During this period of widespread Delta variant circulation (July–September, 2021), incidence of [Covd] infections was lower in fully vaccinated persons and was less likely to result in an [emergency room] visit, hospitalization, or death compared with cases in unvaccinated persons,’ they wrote. 

‘These data support CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination, including additional and booster doses, for the public to protect itself against severe COVID-19, including illness and hospitalization caused by the Delta variant.’

While a majority of American are fully vaccinated against Covid, there is still a remaining unvaccinated population taking on risk of severe complications from the virus.

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

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

Since the pandemic began, more than 767,000 Americans have died from Covid complications, with around 1,000 people dying every day.

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