A new analysis revealed that for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Americans dying from the virus were vaccinated or boosted.
The analysis published by the Washington Post found that 58% of COVID-19 deaths in August “were people who were vaccinated or boosted.”
The outlet described a “troubling trend” as the percentage of deaths among the vaccinated has been “steadily rising” over the last year.
In September 2021, vaccinated individuals made up just 23% of coronavirus deaths. In January and February 2022, that figure had jumped to 42%, the WaPo report noted.
The diminishing efficacy of coronavirus vaccines and “increasingly contagious strains of the virus being spread to elderly and immunocompromised people” have caused more deaths among those who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the analysis.
“We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” said Cynthia Cox, the vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducted the analysis on behalf of WaPo.
Outgoing White House Chief Medical Adviser Anthony Fauci has emphasized the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in preventing severe illness and deaths, encouraging people to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible.
“My message, and my final message, maybe the final message I give you from this podium, is that please, for your own safety, for that of your family, get your updated COVID-19 shot as soon as you’re eligible to protect yourself, your family and your community,” Fauci said. “I urge you to visit vaccine.gov to find a location where you can easily get an updated vaccine, and please do it as soon as possible.”
Fauci has previously acknowledged that the vaccines don’t necessarily protect against coronavirus infection and transmission.