Unvaccinated People 10 Times More Likely to Face Hospitalization from COVID: CDC Report

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday found that unvaccinated people were 10 times more likely to face hospitalization after contracting COVID-19.

Along with the finding, the CDC reported that unvaccinated individuals were more than 11 times more likely to die from the disease and were five times more likely to face infection, according to data gathered from analysis of over 600,000 cases between April and mid-July.

"The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at the White House COVID-19 briefing on Friday. "Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19."

In a second study released on Friday, the CDC found that the Moderna vaccine was more effective in preventing hospitalization than the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson shots, according to the Washington Post. Vaccine effectiveness of Moderna recipients totaled 95 percent, while the effectiveness of the Pfizer jab was 80 percent, with Johnson & Johnson the lowest at 60 percent.

Overall, vaccine effectiveness totaled 86 percent.

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A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday found that unvaccinated people were 10 times more likely to face hospitalization after contracting COVID-19. Above, nurses wearing personal protective equipment tend to patients in a COVID-19 intensive care unit at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital on January 6, 2021, in the Willowbrook neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

A third report supported the findings of the second statement, the Washington Post reported. The report zeroed in on the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines. In a study conducted among hospitalized people at five VA hospitals, findings showed that he mRNA vaccines were 87 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations, despite the surging prevalence of the Delta variant.

The Delta variant accounts for 99 percent of all new COVID cases, the CDC estimates. The Department of Health and Human Services found that 81 percent of ICU beds in the country are occupied, with Alabama and Georgia reporting near 100 percent capacity. Those states have full vaccination rates of 40 and 43 percent, respectively.

Fifty-three percent of Americans report full vaccination, while 63 percent have received one of the shots. Overall, 654,00 Americans have died of COVID-19, and the weekly COVID-19 death total is almost 1,600.

President Joe Biden unveiled a plan to boost vaccination rates on Thursday, when he mandated the shot for federal workers. He said healthcare facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding must have a fully vaccinated staff.

"What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We've made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine has FDA approval, over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot," Biden said. "We've been patient, but our patience is wearing thin, and the refusal has cost all of us. so please do the right thing."