The top medical experts in Ohio issued a warning Wednesday, saying that anyone who is unvaccinated against the coronavirus will get infected — it’s only a matter of time.

Do unvaccinated people get COVID?

Bruce Vanderhoff, the chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said at a news conference that the choice is simple — get vaccinated or get COVID-19.

  • “It is really now just a matter of time,” Vanderhoff said, according to The Hill. “It is when, not if, an unvaccinated individual develops COVID-19.”
  • “Either you get vaccinated or you are going to get COVID-19,” he added.
  • “The benefits of these COVID-19 vaccines far exceeds the risk,” Vanderhoff later said.

What are the risks of COVID-19 for unvaccinated people?

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, said over the weekend that unvaccinated Americans are putting themselves at risk for the most serious virus of their lives if they don’t get the vaccination.

  • “And for most people who get this delta variant, it’s going to be the most serious virus that they get in their lifetime in terms of the risk of putting them in the hospital,” Gottlieb told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Unvaccinated people are risking the most serious virus of their lives

Similarly, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the pandemic has become one of the unvaccinated.

  • “There is a clear message that is coming through: This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” she said Friday, according to NPR. “Our biggest concern is we are going to continue to see preventable cases, hospitalizations and sadly deaths among the unvaccinated.”