The majority of Americans who die from Covid are being vaccinated for the first time.
An analysis of official data found that 58% of Covid deaths in August were in people who were vaccinated or boosted.
Experts warn that this is still expected because such a large majority of the population has received at least the standard two-dose regimen.
People most likely to die from Covid, for example the elderly and immunocompromised, are also more likely to be vaccinated, further skewing the ratio.
But it’s also true that Covid has mutated, vaccines have become less effective – with regular booster shots needed to supplement immunity.
For example, in September last year, 23% of Covid deaths were among vaccinated people, and by February this year that figure had risen to 42%.
It comes as the White House is offering grocery discounts to Americans who receive the new bivalent Covid booster in a desperate bid to boost uptake of the vaccine.
Official data shows around 2,000 Americans are dying with Covid every week now, up from around 8,000 this time last year.
At the height of the pandemic in January 2021, more than 20,000 people succumbed to the virus every seven days.
A hugely successful vaccination campaign and repeated waves of infection helped reduce the severity of Covid, as well as the weaker variant of Omicron.
Some 69% of Americans have received at least two doses of the vaccine, the equivalent of 230 million.
But uptake of the new bivalent boosters that specifically target Omicron has been slow, with just 11% of eligible people accepting the offer.
It comes as White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha claimed on Tuesday that “virtually all Covid deaths in America” could be prevented if Americans received their bivalent booster and were treated for any breakthrough infection.
According to analysis of CDC figures – by the Kaiser Family Foundation and commissioned by the Washington Post – the proportion of vaccinated people who died from Covid rose from 23% in September 2021 to 58% in August 2022
Adoption of bivalent booster has been slow in the United States, with only one in ten eligible people coming forward. Anyone over the age of five can receive the jab
White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha claimed on Tuesday that “virtually all Covid deaths in America” could be prevented if Americans received their bivalent booster and were treated for any breakthrough infections.
Biden’s Covid bribe: Americans who get a booster shot this winter will get $20 off groceries
The White House is offering grocery discounts to Americans who receive the new bivalent Covid booster in a desperate attempt to boost uptake of the vaccine.
People who get the Omicron-specific photo at CVS, Safeway, Winn-Dixie or Rite Aid will get up to $20 off their purchases this winter.
It comes amid a runaway inflation crisis that has driven up the price of household staples.
A recent report from the American Farm Bureau revealed that Thanksgiving dinner this year will cost 20% more than last year.
The new recall incentive comes ahead of a potential spike in Covid cases and hospitalizations this winter, which could put pressure on already overwhelmed hospitals.
Health workers are already grappling with the worst flu outbreak in 10 years and admissions caused by the RSV cold virus – with both surges blamed on lockdowns suppressing people’s immunity to seasonal insects.
The bivalent Covid rollout has been slow so far with just over 11% of eligible Americans five and older having rolled up their sleeves for the shot.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people aged five and older receive the bivalent booster.
This contrasts with Denmark and Norway no longer offering shots to non-seniors, while Sweden has said only those over 18 should get the shots.
The analysis of deaths by vaccination status was commissioned by The Washington Post and led by Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Cynthia Cox.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that develops policy analysis on national health issues.
Ms Cox said the new analysis did not surprise her, but added: “We can no longer say this is an unvaccinated pandemic.”
Early trials of Covid jabs suggested they were more than 90% effective against hospitalization and death.
The rate at which the virus mutated rapidly diminished the quality of vaccine protection against the virus.
Earlier this year, Moderna and Pfizer launched their bivalent boosters which were designed to specifically target the Omicron strain.
Vaccines work by giving instructions to our cells, teaching them how to fight off the virus.
The original vaccines taught the body to recognize the Wuhan strain’s spike protein, which differs significantly from Omicron’s highly mutated spike.
But experts stress that getting vaccinated remains the best form of protection for vulnerable people.
In January of this year, there were 244 deaths per 100,000 people among the unvaccinated over the age of 80.
For those in the same age group but who were vaccinated, the death rate was 38 per 100,000.
It comes as the White House this week declared a six-week drive to get people hooked ahead of winter and the holiday season.
A $475 million campaign will help community health centers and other organizations ensure vulnerable citizens like the elderly and immunocompromised are stimulated.
This involves accessible vaccination sites, home vaccinations, transport and outreach.
Outgoing public health director Dr Anthony Fauci yesterday urged people to get tested and boosted ahead of the holidays.
He told reporters at his last press briefing: “When I see people in this country because of the division in our country… not getting vaccinated for reasons that have nothing to do with public health , but because of the division and the ideological differences, as a doctor, it hurts me.
And White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr Ashish Jha said: “If people get their updated vaccines and they are treated if they have a breakthrough infection, we can prevent virtually all Covid deaths in America.”
Uptake of the latest booster shots remains slow, with just over 11% of eligible Americans five and older having rolled up their sleeves for the shot.
The CDC recommends ages five and older get the bivalent booster.
The White House is now offering grocery discounts to Americans who get the booster shot in a desperate attempt to boost usage.
. majority of deaths Covid are now among the Americans vaccinated for first time