Fact check: Unvaccinated still much more likely to die from COVID-19 – USA TODAY

by | Dec 21, 2022 | COVID-19

The claim: Post implies COVID-19 vaccines are not effective because vaccinated are majority of deathsThe latest data shows people vaccinated for COVID-19 make up about 60% of those dying from the disease, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those findings, highlighted in a Nov. 23 Washington Post article, became fodder for vaccine skeptics who said it proved the vaccines did not protect people from COVID-19.“This is what happens when you rush ineffective and dangerous vaccines,” wrote the author of a Nov. 23 Substack post. The post was shared more than 1,000 times in 12 days according to social media analytics tool CrowdTangle.The post was also shared in a Nov. 23 Instagram post (direct link, archive link) with the user writing “Wow. Seems effective.” The post was liked more than 7,000 times in 12 days. “So instead of getting cold and flu symptoms, it’s heart attacks,” one user commented.But the assertion that vaccines are ineffective because the majority of people dying from COVID-19 are vaccinated is flawed. The rate of death among the vaccinated is still significantly lower than the unvaccinated. The vaccinated comprise the majority of deaths because such a high percentage of the population has been vaccinated.USA TODAY reached out to the author of the Substack piece and the Instagram user who shared the claim for comment.Follow us on Facebook! Like our page to get updates throughout the day on our latest debunksMath, maintenance of vaccination likely driving shift in dataWhile vaccinated people make up the majority of deaths from COVID-19, that’s primarily because there are so many of them: 79% of U.S. adults have received the full primary course of a vaccine, according to Kaiser.On a per-capita basis, however, the vaccinated are much less likely to catch or die from the disease than the unvaccinated, data shows.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 12 and older vaccinated with an updated (bivalent) booster had an 18.6 times lower risk of dying from COVID-19 than the unvaccinated in October 2022. They also had 3.1 times lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19 in November 2022.The bivalent boosters protect against both the original virus that causes COVID-19 as well as Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5, which are mo …

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