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The CDC reveals how many fully vaccinated people died from COVID-19

New numbers from the CDC suggest fully vaccinated people remain protected against hospitalization and death

A COVID-19 vaccine is prepared during a Utah County Health clinic.
A COVID-19 vaccine is prepared during a Utah County Health clinic at Equestrian Park in Highland on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The coronavirus vaccine appears to be working to keep people out of the hospital and out of the morgue.

Do people die from COVID after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests 99.999% of people who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 did not have a severe breakthrough case that led to hospitalization or death, CNN reports.

  • Per the CDC, more than 166 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The new data suggests 1,507 people (about 0.001%) of those fully vaccinated people died from COVID-19.
  • Meanwhile, 7,101 people of those fully vaccinated people (about 0.005%) were hospitalized from COVID-19.

Who is getting breakthrough COVID cases?

According to the CDC, most of the severe breakthrough cases — about 74% — had been among seniors who were 65 years or older, CNN reports.

  • About 20% of the people who died from COVID-19 after a breakthrough case died from something other than COVID-19, though they had a breakthrough case when they died, according to CNN.

How recent are CDC’s COVID death numbers?

The newest numbers are accurate as of Aug. 2, just when the delta variant of the novel coronavirus began to spread in the United States, according to CNN.