Claim: The mortality rate of people who received the COVID-19 vaccine was significantly higher compared to the unvaccinated population.
New data this week found that adults who completed the vaccine 65 and older were 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than their peers, and were 64% less likely. If receiving only one dose of the mRNA vaccine
The finding is the first large-scale real-world study to confirm Pfizer and Modena clinical trial data. (And a preliminary report from Israel), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which ran the study.
But the vaccination, although it is highly effective. But it is not able to fully protect against the coronavirus in some people. In recent weeks, states across the United States have reported cases of COVID-19 infection among people who received the vaccine, also known as vaccine infection.
On social media, there are a small number of deaths in this group, making it a comparison with the COVID-19 mortality rate in the general population.
“The mortality rate of those who received the complete vaccine was significantly higher than those who were not vaccinated,” Instagram user Ian Smith said in a post on April 25.
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Smith’s post contains a screenshot of the April 24th tweet, claiming that the CDC had reported that “7,157 Americans who had received the vaccine have contracted COVID-19,88 have died …”
As of April 20, the CDC reported a total of 7,157 COVID-19 cases among 88 fully vaccinated people and died.
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But public health experts say calculating the death rate based on those numbers and comparing it with the general population is misleading.
USA TODAY has contacted Smith for comment.
Most of the data reflect serious COVID-19 cases.
To accurately calculate the mortality rate, the total number of positive COVID-19 cases in people who received the vaccine, said Lisa Miller, an epidemiologist and clinical professor at the Colorado School of Public Health.
“We don’t know because we’re not there to test everyone (vaccinations),” she told USA TODAY.
The gaps in this reporting are also acknowledged by the CDC, which relies on voluntary reporting from the state health authority.
“Not all real-world developments are identified as lack of testing. This is especially true in cases of asymptomatic or mild illness, ”the agency said, stressing that the data serves as a“ big picture ”to help“ identify patterns… in vaccine development cases ”.
Kristin Nelson, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, said that without the sheer number of asymptomatic and non-severe cases, this outlook is distorted to severe COVID-19 patients, said Kristin Nelson, assistant professor of epidemiology. Neurology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
People who had been vaccinated with severe symptoms were more likely to see a doctor, be hospitalized, or die. This was a case noticed and investigated by the state health agency that came to the CDC, both Nelson and Miller told USA TODAY.
It is important to note that the CDC identified 11 out of 88 deaths among COVID-19 infected people who received the full vaccine “asymptomatic or unrelated to COVID-19”.
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The number of vaccinated infections is still relatively small compared to more than 100 million adults in the United States who were fully vaccinated as of April 30.
People who get the vaccine are most at risk.
The most obvious reason to avoid comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated mortality is the type of people in each group.
All states care about those who are most at risk, so the immunized group is very skewed towards people whose age and medical history make them more prone to serious and bad COVID-19 infections. Life from this disease Hence, when an expected breakthrough occurs, it is not surprising that some deaths will occur.
Let’s look at the age for example.
Older adults are at greatest risk for serious illness, needing hospitalization and death, with 8 out of 10 deaths from COVID-19 occurring among adults aged 65 and over, according to the report. The CDC and 37% of those vaccinated to date are in that age range, although only 16% of the population is 65 and older.
Therefore, those who are vaccinated are among the more prone to more severe cases.
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Among more than 7,000 common infections, nearly 46% were reported to involve people over 60 years of age.We do not know the age of those who died after the new infection, as the CDC did not disclose the information.
Our rating: False
We rate our claim that the COVID-19 mortality rate among fully vaccinated subjects was significantly higher than that of FALSE unvaccinated based on our research. Experts say that because the number of all vaccine transmitted infections and voluntary status reports to the CDC render more serious COVID-19 infections, the accurate mortality rate cannot be directly concluded. And whether there is significant comparison between the vaccinated and non-vaccinated cohort, because the current vaccinated group has a much higher proportion of older people at risk.
Our fact-checking sources:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention April 28: Adults who have been vaccinated for 65 years or older are 94% less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19.
USA Today, April 18, Warning: Post-vaccination COVID-19 infection is rare. But advances could happen. It happened to this man
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed April 29, COVID-19 Breakthrough Case Investigations and Reporting.
Lisa Miller April 29, interview by phone.
Christine Nelson, April 29, interview by phone.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed April 30, Trends in Number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States reported to the CDC by state / territory.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accessed April 30, COVID-19 vaccination in the United States.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 16, Older Persons.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feb. 18, risk of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization and death by age group.
Tara Kirk Sell April 27 Telephone interview
USA TODAY April 30 100 million Americans receive two drugs or one J&J shot, US orders a flight limit from India: LIVE COVID-19 update.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact-checking: Misleading Claims of the Deaths of Fully Vaccated People.