For the first time since the start of the pandemic, most Americans who have died from the coronavirus have been at least partially vaccinated, according to a new analysis of federal and state data.
The declining effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and increasingly infectious strains of the virus spreading among the elderly and those with weakened immune systems have led to an increase in deaths among those who took even one dose of the vaccine, according to a Washington Post analysis. posted on Wednesday finds.
“Fifty-eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were vaccinated or revaccinated,” the Post reported.
The paper describes a “worrisome trend” as the proportion of deaths in people who have been vaccinated “has been steadily increasing” over the past year.
“In September 2021, vaccinated people accounted for just 23 percent of coronavirus deaths. Up 42 percent in January and February of this year,” wrote Fenit Nirappil and Dan Keating of the Washington Post.
“We can no longer say that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Cynthia Cox, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, who conducted the analysis on behalf of the Post.
Senior health officials have repeatedly urged Americans to complete their primary vaccine series and get a boost to maximize vaccine protection against COVID-19.
At a press briefing Tuesday, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha unveiled the Biden administration’s new “six-week sprint” campaign to vaccinate Americans this holiday season.
“The bottom line is that we are doing everything we can over the next six weeks to help families get their COVID vaccines up to date by the end of the year because that’s the best protection for this winter,” Jah said, adding that the latest iteration of the COVID vaccine -19 is the “once a year shot”, similar to the flu shot.
Outgoing White House Chief Medical Adviser D. Anthony Fauci also spoke at a press briefing on Tuesday, where he delivered his “last message” before retiring at the end of the year.
Fauci stressed the safety and effectiveness of approved COVID-19 vaccines in preventing serious illness and death and urged Americans to get vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. He noted that the effectiveness of the coronavirus vaccine wanes over time and said the disease should not be compared to other vaccine-curable diseases such as measles due to new variants appearing every few months.
“My message, and my last message, maybe the last message I will give you from this podium, is that please, for your own safety, for the safety of your family, get the updated COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you can protect yourself. yourself, your family and your community,” Fauci said. “I encourage you to visit the vaccine.gov website to find a place where you can easily get an updated vaccine, and please do so as soon as possible.”
Several medical experts, including Fauci et Deborah Birx, recognized that coronavirus vaccines do not necessarily protect people from infection and transmission.
Despite this, several people, including Florida Chief Surgeon Dr. Joseph Lapado, have been criticized for suggesting that COVID vaccines are not as effective as originally claimed.
In October, the New York State Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of all employees laid off due to New York City’s vaccination mandate with arrears, finding that “vaccination does not prevent infection or transmission of COVID-19.”
Lindsey Cornick of Fox News contributed to this report.