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60% of US population has reduced protection against COVID-19: data

  • NBC News analyzed the most recent CDC data on people’s vaccination status in the US.
  • About 60% of the U.S. population goes into winter with reduced protection from COVID-19.
  • The news comes as the FDA has approved booster shots of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.

An analysis of data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that about 60% of the U.S. population could enter the winter season with reduced protection from COVID-19.

NBC News conducted the analysis using CDC data from Nov. 17.

It found that a booster was recommended for 97,875,391 people. This number consisted of Americans who had been fully vaccinated with Pfizer and Moderna over six months ago and with Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago.

The recipients are now within the line of those at risk for reduced vaccine efficacy, the outlet reported.

The figure also included people who were only partially vaccinated.

Those with reduced or no protection, including more than 100 million Americans who have not received the vaccine, make up nearly 60% of the U.S. population, according to NBC News.

On Friday, the FDA expanded its emergency clearance to include booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for all adults.

Americans who are older than 65 or in higher risk categories were already eligible for the booster.

The analysis comes after an NBC interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday, where the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, “What we’re starting to see now is a rise in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated but not boosted.”

Similar reports emerged from the White House’s COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday. The elderly and residents of long-term care facilities were among the first to be vaccinated last January, said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.

The greatest risk remains among the unvaccinated, who are still 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated.

Walensky said U.S. hospitals are experiencing an “increase in emergency room visits among adults 65 and older, which is now again higher than for younger age groups.”

In the briefing, Walensky and Fauci both insisted that boosters work, and urged anyone eligible to take their photos ahead of the busy holiday season.

CDC data states that nearly 10% of the US population has already received their booster injections.