A Washington Post analysis of federal and state data published Wednesday found that for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, a majority of Americans dying from the virus were at least partially vaccinated.
The analysis results showed that fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted, so the Kaiser Family Foundation, who conducted the analysis on behalf of the Post, underscored that people can no longer say that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated
According to the new analysis, the increased number of deaths among people who have taken at least one vaccine dose is a result of the waning efficacy of COVID vaccines and the spread of the increasingly contagious strains of the virus to elderly and immunocompromised people.
Americans were repeatedly urged by top health officials to maximize vaccine protection against COVID-19 by completing their primary vaccine series and getting boosted.
The troubling trend that the paper described has seen a steady rise in the share of deaths of people who were vaccinated over the past year, with the percentage of vaccinated people among the coronavirus fatalities almost doubling since September 2021 (23%) compared to January and February this year, when it was up to 42%.
As the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha unveiled at a press briefing Tuesday, the Biden administration will be starting a new “six-week sprint” campaign to get Americans vaccinated this holiday season.
Adding that the latest iteration of the COVID vaccine is a “once a year shot,” similar to the flu shot, Dr. Jha emphasized the updated COVID shots are the best protection for this winter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the outgoing White House Chief Medical Adviser, stressed that due to the new emerging variants every few months, COVID shouldn’t be compared to other vaccine-treatable illnesses, also noting that the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine wanes over time before encouraging Americans to get boosted as soon as possible
Fauci was also among multiple medical experts that have acknowledged that the COVID jabs do not necessarily protect people against infection and transmission.