The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)

Unvaccinat­ed 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19


New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitaliz­ations and death even as the extra-contagious delta variant swept the country.

One study tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July. As delta surged in early summer, those who were unvaccinat­ed were 4.5 times more likely than the fully vaccinated to get infected, over 10 times more likely to be hospitaliz­ed and 11 times more likely to die, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Vaccinatio­n works,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC’s director, told a White House briefing Friday. “The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic.”

But as earlier data has shown, protection against coronaviru­s infection is slipping some: It was 91 percent in the spring but 78 percent in June and July, the study found.

So-called “breakthrou­gh” cases in the fully vaccinated accounted for 14 percent of hospitaliz­ations and 16 percent of deaths in June and July, about twice the percentage as earlier in the year.

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