CDC: Unvaccinated 5 times more likely to get COVID-19
Today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new data from Los Angeles County collected from May to July, which show unvaccinated people were 5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than vaccinated peers and 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for their infections.
It’s more evidence that the pandemic in the United States is a pandemic of the unvaccinated, said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH at a White House press briefing today.
“The data reminds us that if you are not vaccinated you are the highest at risk,” said Walensky. The study included analysis of the 43,127 SARS-CoV-2 infections in residents of Los Angeles County, California, of which 10,895 (25.3%) were in fully vaccinated persons, 1,431 (3.3%) were in partially vaccinated persons, and 30,801 (71.4%) were in unvaccinated persons.
During that period, the percentage of vaccinated residents rose from 27% to 51%, and the Delta (B1617.2) variant became the predominant strain.
With full approval of the Pfizer vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration yesterday, White House COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients said he is confident even more Americans will choose to get vaccinated.