The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shared results from a study on Friday that found that unvaccinated individuals are eleven times more likely to die from COVID-19 compared to vaccinated people.
The study also found that unvaccinated individuals are ten times more likely to be hospitalized and are 4 1/2 times more likely to catch the deadly virus.
600,000 people in thirteen jurisdictions were analyzed.
“As we have shown study after study, vaccination worked,” Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director, said on Friday while promoting the vaccine. “CDC will continue to do all we can do to increase vaccination rates across the country by working with local communities and trusted messengers and providing vaccine confidence consults to make sure that people have the information they need to make an informed decision.”
“The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic,” Walensky said. “Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19. It will protect our children and allow them to stay in school for safe in-person learning.”
President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that companies with more than 100 employees would be required to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) shows that mRNA vaccines’ are 86.8% effective against hospitalizations. The report also reveals that vaccine effectiveness is decreasing among older populations.
“We know that every senior matters in terms of getting them vaccinated as a potential life saved,” Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on Friday.
The Surgeon General says that the booster vaccinations “will likely be helpful.”
The government is waiting for authorization to start offering booster shots. The administration is expecting to be authorized to distribute Pfizer and Moderna boosters by September 20. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is awaiting more research before approving Moderna’s COVID-19 booster shots.