More than 164 million people in the United States were fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of early August. Our analysis of the agency’s data found fewer than 0.001% of those individuals — 1,507 people — died and fewer than 0.005% — 7,101 people — were reported to the CDC as having been hospitalized with Covid-19.
Reporting to the CDC is not mandatory, but 49 states do contribute to these totals, which means the CDC views these numbers as a useful snapshot of how well the vaccine is working. The data suggest that more than 99.99% of fully vaccinated people have not had a breakthrough case of Covid-19 resulting in hospitalization or death.
While it’s true that some of that data come from a time before the Delta variant swept over the country and rates of infection have since increased, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey released in July found that, of the more than 18 states that reported data, at least 95 out of every 100 hospitalizations and deaths were in the unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
VERDICT: Covid 19 vaccines protect you.