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A man receiving his second dose in Gurugram, India. Photo: Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

Unvaccinated people were about 11 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with the disease, a new study from the CDC released on Friday found.

Why it matters: The Biden administration has now ramped up efforts to control the virus as cases and hospitalizations largely driven by the Delta variant surge nationwide.

The study took place between April 4th and July 17th.

  • The study analyzed vaccination status across 13 U.S. jurisdictions and compared them with their hospital rates.

By the numbers: Of the 37,948 hospitalizations in the 13 jurisdictions, 2,976 or about 8% were vaccinated.

  • Of the 6,748 deaths, 616 or about 9% were people who were fully vaccinated.
  • Of the 615,454 cases the agency looked at, 46,312 or about 8% of people were fully vaccinated.

Of note: The CDC also released two more studies today related to vaccine effectiveness, finding that Moderna remained the most effective vaccine but that all vaccines remained were effective against the Delta variant.

What they're saying: “The bottom line is this: We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a White House COVID-19 briefing on Friday.

  • “Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19,” Walensky added.

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Sep 23, 2021 - Health

CDC director approves Pfizer boosters, adds eligibility for high-risk workers

Photo: Marco Bello/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A key panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus booster shots for people 65 years old and older, as well as those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

Driving the news: But in an unusual move, CDC director Rochelle Walensky late Thursday overruled part of the advisory committee's decision and said that workers in high-risk jobs should also be eligible for booster shots.

16 hours ago - Health

A second flu

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Whatever living with the virus looks like, Delta-level surges aren't considered to be sustainable for the public or the hospitals that will treat the seriously infected.

Why it matters: A major determinant of how seriously we'll take the coronavirus in the future is how many hospitalizations and deaths it's causing — and whether our health system can handle the load.

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Health care workers and teachers caught up in booster confusion

Photo: Paul Bersebach, MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Health care workers, teachers and day care workers are stuck in the crossfire between two government agencies that can't decide whether people with jobs that put them at high risk of COVID-19 exposure should get booster shots.

The big picture: Public health officials are divided on whether booster shots are necessary or ethical, and who should get them. While they duke it out, the public is likely to become increasingly confused.