The CDC released the findings from a new study which discovered the unvaccinated are 29.2 times more likely to be hospitalized if infected with the virus when compared to those who are fully vaccinated. The study examined 43,000 people in the Los Angeles area from May through July.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky noted the findings send a clear warning sign to those who are not vaccinated. “This data reminds us that if you are not yet vaccinated, you are among those highest at risk,” she said at a press conference.
The CDC study also found infection rates for unvaccinated people were close to 5 times higher when compared to fully vaccinated people.
“Please, do not underestimate the risk of serious consequences of this virus,” Director Walensky warned. “Vaccines are the best tool we have to take charge of this pandemic.”
The findings come alongside the alarming news that currently 98 percent of the COVID-19 cases in America are the highly transmissible delta variant, per the CDC. These developments have caused dire consequences in states with low vaccination rates, particularly in Alabama and Mississippi, which have the fewest fully vaccinated residents.
In Alabama, more than half of the state's ICU beds are reportedly being used by patients with COVID, which has left little room for patients with other health issues, and some of the state's schools have been forced to return to remote learning. In Mississippi, the state has hit new records for cases, hospitalizations and deaths, and on Tuesday, state health officials said a new one-day death record was reached with 111 people dying from COVID.
The Doctors strongly encourage anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to do so ASAP -- especially if you live in a state with low vaccination rates. According to The Mayo Clinic's COVID-19 vaccine tracker, these states have the fewest percentage of people fully vaccinated:
- Alabama - 36.8%
- Mississippi - 37.2%
- Wyoming - 38.1%
- Idaho - 38.7%
- West Virginia - 39.5%
- Arkansas - 40.1%
- Louisiana - 40.2%
- Georgia - 40.4%
- Tennessee - 41%
- North Dakota - 41.2%
Find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, here or search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.