A review of all available government data has found that people who have not been vaccinated against COVID19 account for almost all COVID deaths happening in the US at present. Experts have claimed that it shows that the number of daily deaths, which has come down to under 300, would have gone down to zero if all those people who are eligible for vaccination would have taken the shot. The report has shown that breakthrough COVID19 cases in fully vaccinated people contribute to less than 1200 out of more than 853000 hospitalizations. Only 150 fully vaccinated people have lost their lives out of more than 18000 COVID19 deaths in the month of May. It renders to nearly 0.8 percent or five deaths each day on average. The analysis has used the data that have been provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, the CDC has not been able to track what percentage of hospitalizations and deaths have occurred in people who have been vaccinated with full two doses of the vaccine. The officials have said that they have very limited data as only 45 states report breakthrough cases in fully immunized people. In the first week of June, a former advisor to the Biden administration, Andy Slavitt has said that nearly 98 to 99 percent of people in the US who are losing their lives due to COVID19 have not been vaccinated.
The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky has said that COVID19 shots are so efficient that they can prevent nearly every death that is happening among adults. She has said that such deaths due to COVID19 that are taking place in the US due to slow vaccine coverage are quite tragic. The CDC has recently reported that around 63 percent of people in the age group of 12 years and above in the US have been given at least one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 53 percent of them have been vaccinated with full two doses, said the experts. Many experts have reported in the past that as compared to the rest of the world, the US has an abundance of shots but the demand for vaccines has reduced drastically in the recent months. Millions of doses of the vaccines are sitting on the shelf and waiting for the takers. Health experts predict that these preventable deaths will keep happening across the country. Such outbreaks will keep occurring around unvaccinated pockets in the US during fall and winter.
A professor of health metrics sciences at the University of Washington, Ali Mokdad has said that models show that the US will witness around 1000 deaths per day next year as well. As per the latest data, with only 33 percent fully vaccinated people in Arkansas, the state is currently witnessing a rise in COVID19 deaths and hospitalization. In King County of Seattle, only three fully vaccinated people have lost their lives in the last month. Around 95 percent of people of 62 deaths have either not been vaccinated or have had just one dose of the shot. Health experts have informed that around 90 percent of COVID19 patients who have been hospitalized have not been immunized. Dr. David Michaels, who is an epidemiologist at George Washington University’s School of Public Health, has said that stories of unvaccinated people losing their lives due to COVID19 might convince people to take the shot. People who are not very keen to take the vaccine might be motivated to take the shot in order to protect their loved ones. Many people require paid time off to get the shot and nurse if there is any side effect. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has directed hospitals and nursing homes to provide such time off to their staff.
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