New CDC data has shown that unvaccinated adults are six times more likely to contract COVID and 14 times more likely to die from the virus. The data was posted on November 22, reflecting COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported in 24 U.S. jurisdictions between April 4 and October 2. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD reiterated that there were higher rates of death and cases in unvaccinated adults than those who have been vaccinated. For example, the COVID-19 case rate for vaccinated adults ages 65-79 was 90.11 per 100,000. Whereas the rate is 589.04 for unvaccinated adults in the same age range.
Vaccine shots for adults across the board had been authorized last week itself. Walensky stated that the CDC still has the goal of vaccinating everyone and anyone who is eligible with their primary vaccine series. According to the CDC, almost 47 million eligible American adults and more than 12 million teenagers are at a higher risk of contracting the COVID-19 and its new Omicron variant as they are still unvaccinated.
Walensky has urged the unvaccinated people to get vaccinated as the vaccines will make it safe for everyone to see their family and friends over Thanksgiving and Christmas and other upcoming holidays. According to the CDC, 69.5% of the total U.S. population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and around 59% are fully vaccinated. Around a ballpark of 18.7% has got their booster shot. These reports come from a September report by the CDC that has studied the data from the spring and summer and concluded that unvaccinated people were 10 times more likely to get hospitalized and 11 times more likely to die if they ever contracted the COVID virus.