Fully vaccinated people have a low risk of severe Covid-19, but surges in coronavirus cases could still impact their health in other ways.
Experts say that throughout the pandemic, coronavirus surges disrupted routine screenings and outpatient care.
Nearly all Covid-19 deaths in the United States are now among the unvaccinated, according to an Associated Press analysis.
With the rapid spread of the delta variant in the United States, coronavirus cases are spiking in parts of the country, especially in areas with low Covid-19 vaccination rates.
This has led to surges in Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths, largely among people who are not fully vaccinated.
In fact, nearly all Covid-19 deaths in the United States are now among the unvaccinated, according to an analysis by the Associated Press.
At a White House briefing on June 22, Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said most of these deaths were “entirely preventable.”
Although fully vaccinated people have a much lower risk of severe illness, their health could still be impacted as Covid-19 surges send ripples throughout the healthcare system, something we’ve seen throughout the pandemic.
In addition, children under 12 years old are not yet eligible for vaccination, which leaves them at risk — albeit a smaller risk than adults — of illness, hospitalization, and other complications of coronavirus infection.
Increased hospitalizations in some parts of the United States are driven by the fast-spreading delta variant and low vaccination rates in those areas.
Overall, 53.8 percent of all people in the United States have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, according to the CDC.
But in some states in the South and West, the one-dose rates are below 40 percent. The situation is even more dire in certain counties in these areas.