For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest in March of 2020 in the United States, nearly all of the deaths recorded in recent weeks were preventable, occurring in unvaccinated Americans.
According to an Associated Press analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from May, only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths in May were in fully vaccinated people, or less than 1%. This translates to 5 deaths per day attributed to fully vaccinated Americans experiencing breakthrough infections, and roughly 300 deaths per day in the unvaccinated.
Vaccination has also reduced US hospitalizations significantly: Fully vaccinated people made up less than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations in May.
The United States reported 12,830 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, and 341 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 tracker. In total, the nation has confirmed 33,593,763 cases, including 603,238 deaths.
1 in 10 skip second vaccine dose
The CDC COVID Data Tracker shows 379,248,700 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered in the United States, and 320,687,205 have been administered, with 151,252,034 Americans fully vaccinated (65.7% of adults have at least one dose).
About 95% of vaccinated Americans have used a two-dose mRNA vaccine, either one from Pfizer or Moderna. The vaccination is considered complete 2 weeks after the second dose of vaccine is administered, but more than 1 in 10 people who have received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine have missed their second dose, according to CDC data shared with CNN.
Experts have warned that only one dose of mRNA vaccine offers limited protection against new variants, including the Delta variant (B1617.2).