Data from U.S. states and cities demonstrate how dangerous it is to be unvaccinated in America as COVID-19 cases surge.
In Maryland, all virus-related deaths during the month of June were among people who hadn’t received their shots.
Several other states – including Louisiana, Alabama, Illinois, and California – have all reported that 96 percent or more residents who recently died of Covid were unvaccinated.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified just 6,600 severe cases leading to hospitalization or death.
The figures back up health officials’ comments calling the current surge a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated.’
The vast majority of Covid deaths in the U.S. are now occurring among those who haven’t been vaccinated. Pictured: Vaccination at a clinic in Wilmington, California, July 2021
In Louisiana, 97 percent of Covid deaths since February 2021 were among the unvaccinated
The U.S. is well into a new Covid surge, with rising cases driven by the Indian ‘Delta’ variant.
On Monday, officials recorded 127,976 new COVID-19 cases with a seven-day rolling average of 85,459, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – a 266 percent increase from the 23,291 average recorded three weeks ago.
These cases have included a number of breakthrough cases, in which someone tests positive for the virus after being fully vaccinated.
But when it comes to severe disease and death, COVID-19 is overwhelmingly impacting those who haven’t received shots.
For example: in Maryland, every single person who died from Covid in the month of June was unvaccinated, according to a spokesperson for the state’s governor.
During that same month, 95 percent of Covid cases and 93 percent of hospitalizations in Maryland occurred in people who were unvaccinated.
Louisiana recently reported similar statistics.
According to Governor John Bel Edwards, 97 percent of Covid cases and deaths in the state since February were in people who were unvaccinated.
The state is currently seeing renewed interest in vaccinations. While just over one-third of Louisiana residents are fully vaccinated, the daily dose numbers have doubled in the past three weeks.
In Alabama, 96.2 percent of residents who died from Covid since April 1 were unvaccinated.
‘COVID-19 vaccines are our best defense in preventing serious disease as well as deaths, and this is especially important as the highly transmissible Delta variant spreads,’ Alabama State Health Officer Dr Scott Harris said last month.
‘While it is possible to get any strain of the virus, infected people are much less likely to experience complications or hospitalizations if fully vaccinated.’
Over 97 percent of Illinois residents who died of Covid in 2021 were unvaccinated
In Illinois, 97.6 percent of Covid deaths since January 2021 have occurred in unvaccinated people.
The state public health department has reported a total of 169 deaths and 644 hospitalizations among breakthrough cases – out of more than six million Illinois residents who are fully vaccinated.
California’s breakthrough case numbers are even lower, relative to the state’s vaccination numbers.
The state has identified 93 deaths among breakthrough cases. That represents just 0.3 percent of California Covid deaths since January 1 – meaning 99.7 percent of deaths were among the unvaccinated.
Out of more than 20 million people fully vaccinated in California, the state public health department says, just 0.1 percent (about 21,000) have been identified as breakthrough cases.
The vast majority of 2021 Covid cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in New York City have struck unvaccinated New Yorkers
In New York City, 98.8 percent of residents who died of Covid between January and mid-June were unvaccinated.
Among those New Yorkers who have been hospitalized with Covid, 98.4 percent were unvaccinated.
Nationwide, the CDC has identified about 6,600 severe, post-vaccination cases leading to hospitalization or death.
Among over 164 million Americans who have been fully vaccinated against Covid, only 1,263 have died after testing positive for the virus.
The CDC additionally notes that 309 of those deaths were asymptomatic or not directly linked to Covid symptoms.
CDC Director Dr Rochelle Walensky and other officials have called the recent Covid surge a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’ in recent weeks, referring to the overwhelming evidence that vaccines protect people against severe illness.
‘Our vaccines are working to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death,’ Dr Walensky said at a press briefing Monday.
‘If you are not vaccinated, please protect yourself and get vaccinated.’