The majority of Americans dying of Covid are being vaccinated for the first time.
An analysis of official data showed that 58 percent of Covid deaths in August occurred in people who had been vaccinated or given a booster.
Experts warn that this is always expected because such a large majority of the population has received at least the standard two-dose schedule.
Those who are more likely to die from Covid, for example the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems, are also more likely to be vaccinated, further skewing the ratio.
But it’s also true that as Covid has mutated, vaccines have become less effective – with regular boosters needed to replenish immunity.
For example, in September last year, 23 percent of Covid deaths were among vaccinated people, and by February this year, this had risen to 42 percent.
The elderly and other people at high risk of dying from Covid are also more likely to have had the injections compared to a young, healthy person.
This increases the chance that a vaccinated person will die from the disease.
Senior editor for the Dispatch David French said the “absolute anger at those of us who supported Covid vaccines and continue to support Covid vaccines” was “one of the saddest phenomena of the online right.”
He addedThe death toll from vaccine refusals is simply staggering and heartbreaking.
In November 2021, there were 32,328 deaths involving Covid.
There were 7,047 deaths from Covid in the first two weeks of November this year.
And at the peak of the Omicron wave in January this year, Covid deaths were 83,880.
Approximately 267,476,279 Americans received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine as of November 16.
And 228,154,832 have completed their two-shot primary series.
Booster dose uptake continues to lag, with 35,272,874 Americans over the age of five having received the bivalent jab.
According to the analysis of CDC numbers by the Kaiser Family Foundation commissioned by the Washington Post, the percentage of vaccinated people who have died from Covid has increased from 23 percent in September 2021 to 58 percent in August 2022
Adoption of the bivalent booster has been slow in the US, with only one in 10 of those eligible. Anyone over the age of five can get the shot
White House Rebates for Covid Booster Recipients
Albertson’s Pharmacies: 10 percent off groceries (up to $20 off) for people who get their COVID-19 shot at the store.
CVS: $5 off any $20 purchase, both in-store and online.
Rite Aid: $5 off their $25 purchase for those receiving a COVID-19 booster.
Southeastern Grocers: $20 in free groceries when a customer gets their updated COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot.
The analysis, commissioned by the Washington Post, was conducted by vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Cynthia Cox.
Ms. Cox’s job involves monitoring how well the US health system is performing over time.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that develops policy analysis on national health issues.
Initial trials of Covid jabs suggested they were more than 90 percent effective against hospitalization and death.
This was toned down to about 80 percent when the Delta and Omicron variants came into play.
Since then it has been difficult to keep track of the effective rates due to the growing number of re-infections and different combinations of vaccinations that people have received.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis last year reinforced the protection booster shots provide against serious illness and death from Covid.
It said that in adults over the age of 65, “unvaccinated individuals are still at a much higher risk of dying from Covid-19 than those vaccinated with at least a primary series.”
In January of this year, there were 244 deaths per 100,000 people over the age of 80 who were not vaccinated.
For those in the same age group but who were vaccinated, the death rate was 38 per 100,000.
The effectiveness of vaccines also decreases over time and new variants emerge that are more resistant to the injections.
The highly infectious subvariant BA.5 Omicron spread throughout the summer, leading to a wave of new infections and hospitalizations.
US health chiefs are now ‘tracking’ a new Covid strain feared to be ‘the most vaccine-resistant to date’ after cases surged in Singapore.
The CDC said the strain – dubbed “XBB” – was still “very rare” in the US with only 52 cases detected in 15 states so far.
Ms Cox said the new analysis did not surprise her, but added: “We can no longer say this is a pandemic of unvaccinated people.”
It comes as the White House this week declared a six-week drive to get people jabbed for winter and the holidays.
A $475 million campaign will help community health centers and other organizations ensure that vulnerable citizens, such as the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems, are incentivized.
This includes accessible vaccination sites, home admissions, transportation, and outreach.
Outgoing Public Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci yesterday urged people to get tested and boosted before the holidays.
He told reporters at his last press briefing: “When I see people in this country because of the divisions in our country… getting vaccinated not for reasons that have nothing to do with public health, but because of divisions and ideological differences, as a doctor does it hurt me.’
Adoption of the latest booster shots remains sluggish, with just over 11 percent of eligible Americans five and older having rolled up their sleeves for the shot.
The CDC recommends that children ages five and older receive the bivalent booster.
The White House is now offering grocery discounts to Americans getting the booster shot in a desperate attempt to boost adoption.