- 58% of Covid deaths are among those who have been vaccinated or boosted
- As more people are vaccinated, they make up a larger proportion of the death toll
- High-risk individuals, such as the elderly, are also more likely to get vaccinated.
Most of the Americans who have died from Covid have been vaccinated for the first time.
analysis of official data It found that 58 percent of Covid deaths in August were among people who had been vaccinated or boosted.
Experts caution that this is always to be expected because such a large portion of the population has received at least the standard two-dose regimen.
People who are more likely to die from Covid, for example the elderly and immunosuppressed, are also more likely to have been vaccinated, further reducing the ratio.
But it is also true that since Covid has changed, vaccines have become less effective – regular boosters are needed to increase immunity.
For example, in September last year, 23 per cent of Covid deaths were among vaccinated people, and this had risen to 42 per cent by February this year.
It comes as the White House offers discounts on groceries to Americans who receive new bivalent Covid boosters in a desperate bid to boost vaccine uptake.
Official figures show that about 2,000 Americans are dying with Covid every week, compared to about 8,000 at this time last year.
At the peak of the pandemic in January 2021, more than 20,000 people were succumbing to the virus every seven days.
The highly successful vaccine campaign and repeated waves of infection have helped to reduce the severity of Covid along with the weakened variant of Omicron.
Some 69 percent of Americans have been given at least two doses of the vaccine, which equates to 230 million.
But the new, bivalent booster specifically targeting Omicron has been slow to take off, with only 11 percent of those eligible taking up the offer.
It comes as White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha claimed on Tuesday that ‘essentially every Covid death in the US’ could be prevented if Americans received their bivalent boosters and treated for any infections.
According to an analysis of CDC data — commissioned by the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post — the proportion of people who will die from Covid is projected to increase from 23 percent in September 2021 to 58 percent in August 2022
The uptake of bivalent boosters in the US has been slow, with only one in ten eligible people coming forward. Everyone over the age of five can get the vaccine
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha claimed on Tuesday that ‘essentially every Covid death in the US’ could be prevented if Americans get their bivalent boosters and get treated for any infections.
Biden’s Covid bribe: Americans who get a booster vaccine this winter will get a $20 discount on their groceries
The White House is offering discounts on groceries to Americans who get the new bivalent Covid boosters in a desperate bid to boost vaccine uptake.
Those who obtain the Omicron-specific shot at CVS, Safeway, Winn-Dixie, or Rite Aid will receive up to $20 off their purchases this winter.
This comes amid a looming inflationary crisis, which has pushed up the cost of domestic staples.
Recently a US Farm Bureau report good found Thanksgiving dinner this year will be 20 percent more expensive than last year.
The new booster stimulus comes ahead of a potential increase in Covid cases and hospitalizations this winter that could put pressure on already overburdened hospitals.
Health workers are already battling the worst flu outbreak in 10 years and a rise in admissions caused by the common cold virus RSV – both of which have been attributed to people on lockdown suppressing immunity to seasonal bugs .
The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has been slow so far, with just over 11 percent of eligible Americans rolling up their sleeves for the shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending age five and upward receive a bivalent booster.
This is in contrast to Denmark and Norway, which are no longer offering the vaccine to non-seniors, while Sweden has said that only people over the age of 18 should get the vaccine.
Vaccine status analysis of deaths was commissioned by Washington Post and moderated by Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Cynthia Cox.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops policy analysis on national health issues.
Ms Cox said the new analysis did not surprise her, but added: ‘We can no longer say this is an epidemic of unvaccinated people.’
Early trials of Covid vaccines suggested they were more than 90 percent effective against hospitalizations and deaths.
The speed at which the virus has mutated has sharply reduced how well vaccines protect against the virus.
Earlier this year, Moderna and Pfizer launched their bivalent boosters, which were specifically designed to target the Omicron strain.
Vaccines work by giving instructions to our cells, teaching them how to fight off viruses.
The original vaccines taught the body how to recognize the spike protein of the Wuhan strain, which is quite different from the highly mutated spike on Omicron.
But experts say vaccination is still the best way of protection for vulnerable people.
In January this year, there were 244 deaths per 100,000 people without vaccination in more than 80 years.
For people in the same age group but who had been vaccinated, the death rate was 38 per 100,000.
It comes as the White House this week announced a six-week campaign to get people jobless ahead of the winter and holiday season.
The $475 million campaign will help promote community health centers and other organizations to ensure vulnerable citizens such as the elderly and immunosuppressed people.
This includes accessible vaccine sites, shots at home, transportation and outreach work.
Public Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday urged people to get and boost testing ahead of the holiday.
He told reporters in his last press briefing: ‘When I see people in this country because of the division in our country… not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health, but division And it has to be done because of ideology. Differences, as a physician, it pains me.’
And Dr Ashish Jha, the White House’s coronavirus response co-ordinator, said: ‘If people get their updated vaccines, and they are treated if they do get an infection, we can essentially eliminate every single case of Covid in the US. Can stop death.
Uptake of the latest booster shots remains sluggish, with just over 11 percent of eligible Americans rolling up their sleeves for five more shots.
The CDC is recommending ages five and up get a bivalent booster.
The White House is now offering rebates on groceries to Americans who get booster shots in a desperate bid to speed up recovery.
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