This was my fear: My friends and readers who either refused or delayed getting the COVID vaccine might be the most likely to suffer from that decision.
The AP now reports, “Only about 150 of the more than 18,000 COVID” fatalities in the U.S. last month “were in fully vaccinated people.”
Also, “‘breakthrough’ infections in fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of more than 853,000 COVID hospitalizations,” according to the AP analysis of CDC data.
These data represent “a staggering demonstration of how effective the shots have been and an indication that deaths per day – now down to under 300 – could be practically zero if everyone eligible got the vaccine.”
Only about 45 states report breakthrough infections, and some are more aggressive than others in looking for such cases. “So the data probably understate such infections, CDC officials said.”
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that the vaccine is so effective that “nearly every death, especially among adults, due to COVID, is, at this point, entirely preventable.” She called such deaths “particularly tragic.”
It’s hard to disagree.
Dr. Alex Garza, a hospital administrator who directs a metropolitan-area task force on the outbreak, says, “The majority of [the unvaccinated folks hospitalized with COVID] express some regret for not being vaccinated. That’s a pretty common refrain that we’re hearing from patients with COVID.”
The stories of unvaccinated people dying may convince some people they should get the shots, but young adults — the group least likely to be vaccinated — may be motivated more by a desire to protect their loved ones, said David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington University’s school of public health in the nation’s capital.
Let’s pray that they are so wise.
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