- More than 90,000 COVID-19 deaths from June to September 2021 could have been prevented if patients had vaccinated, a new analysis finds
- Preventable deaths accounted for 89% of all 102,000 deaths caused by the virus in the past four months
- More than half, nearly 50,000, preventable deaths occurred in September
- The virus was the second leading killer of Americans last month, with 1,700 people dying from Covid every day, behind only heart disease
Tens of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the past four months could have been prevented if people had been vaccinated, A new analysis finds.
Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that 90,000 virus-related deaths since June 2021 – while the vaccine was widely available – were avoidable.
More than half of these, about 50,000, preventable deaths occurred in September, and 24,600 in August.
Researchers want health officials to do more to help reach the remaining 70 million illiterate Americans, and convince them to get shots to protect themselves.
KFF analysis shows that more than 90,000 deaths in the US between June and September of 2021 – 80% of total deaths – could have been prevented by COVID-19 vaccines
The researchers, who published their findings Wednesday as part of the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, used official death data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for their analysis.
Dr Kritika Amin, associate director of the tracker and one of the study’s authors, told DailyMail.com that her team looked at the total number of reported COVID deaths over the four months from June to September 2021.
They excluded deaths as a result of so-called ‘breakthrough’ infections, which occur when fully vaccinated people contract the virus.
Next, the team took the remaining deaths, and applied the vaccines’ reported 91 percent effectiveness in preventing death from the virus.
Overall, they found 91,100 deaths in the US that could have been prevented if those people had been fully vaccinated.
In that four-month period, 102,469 Americans died of the virus, meaning 89 percent of American deaths in this period could have been preventable, according to a KFF analysis.
another analysis Uninsured Americans also cost $5.7 billion in avoidable hospital bills from June to August, found by KFF.
Amin believes that health officials should try to pass these numbers on to the rest of the illiterate, and tell them what kind of risk they may be taking.
‘I think there are still ways for people to get out there and reach out to people who are still unaffiliated and continue to inform them about how effective vaccines are, [and that] Most of these deaths, and those with serious illnesses and hospitalizations, are among those without vaccinations,’ she told DailyMail.com.
Currently in the US, everyone 12 years of age or older is eligible for at least one COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC reports that 76.6 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 66 percent are fully vaccinated.
Cases and deaths are coming back in the US at the moment, with cases cutting in almost half from 175,000 new cases per day in mid-September to about 90,000 per day currently.
Deaths have also declined by about 15 percent, from about 2,000 deaths per day in late September to 1,700 recorded every day in early October.
While things are going well, due to the evolving nature of the virus and frequent changes in local COVID regulations across the country, KFF cannot predict what will happen in the future.
“Since things have changed over time with different forms of COVID, how many people have been vaccinated, and other factors like states and local governments are opening things up…said,” Amin said.
COVID-19 emerged as the second leading cause of death for Americans in September, killing about 1,700 people every day. Heart disease alone kills more Americans
Last year, cases were on the rise around this time of the year, setting the table for a massive holiday season post the COVID-19 outbreak which is still the biggest surge of the pandemic.
Things are going the other way this time, though, and with more than half of Americans vaccinated, there’s a chance this holiday season will be safe.
The KFF report also found that COVID-19 was the second leading cause of death for all Americans in the month of September – killing 1,693 people every day – and surpassed cancer.
Only heart disease, which continues to be the leading cause of death for Americans, was a bigger killer than Covid last month, with 2,000 people dying from the condition every day.
The virus was among the top seven causes of death for every age group last month.