White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki: “You are 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you are not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die.”
PolitiFact’s statement: True
This is why: On Jan. 10, as the U.S. reported 1.35 million new COVID-19 cases — the highest daily total for any country ever recorded — White House press secretary Jen Psaki faced resistance to President Joe’s claim. Biden that the pandemic at the moment “a pandemic of unvaccinated people.”
During a press conference that day, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy suggested Biden’s characterization was inaccurate.
“I understand that science says vaccines prevent death,” he said. “But I’ve been vaxxed three times, still have COVID. You’ve been vaxxed three times, still have COVID. Why does the president still refer to this as an ‘unvaccinated pandemic’?”
In her response, Psaki emphasized that vaccination status contributes to a “significant difference” in COVID-19 experiences.
“I was vaxxed three times,” she said. “I had mild symptoms. There’s a huge difference between that and being unvaccinated.”
She continued: “You are 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you are not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die. And those are significant, serious statistics. So yes, the impact for people who are not vaccinated is far worse than those who have been vaccinated.”
A spokesperson for Psaki said she was referring to publicly available data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the CDC data backs up her claim.
In October, unvaccinated people had 10 times the risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and 20 times the risk of dying from COVID-19 compared to people fully vaccinated with extra or booster doses, according to the CDC’s COVID data tracker.
About COVID-19 hospital admissions, CDC data as of the end of November 2021 indicated that unvaccinated adults 18 years and older with COVID-19 were hospitalized at a rate of about 67.8 per 100,000. In comparison, the percentage of fully vaccinated people was about 3.9 per 100,000, meaning unvaccinated people were about 17 times more likely to be hospitalized because of COVID-19.
Data from Texas also supports Psaki’s claims. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, September data indicated that “Texans who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 were about 20 times more likely to experience a COVID-19-associated death and 13 times more likely to test positive than people who were fully vaccinated.”
Now with the US more than 700,000 new cases of coronavirus on average every day, the data shows that unvaccinated people are at higher risk of serious illness and death than those who have been vaccinated.
the CDC says scientists are currently investigating how fully vaccinated people are protected against infection, hospitalization and death with the omicron variant. The highly transmissible variant began to spread in the US in early December, sparking a wave that experts to predict may last until January.
But some of the most recent data on ommicron spikes from the cities of New York and Seattle indicates that COVID-19 vaccines still “radically reduce the likelihood of severe COVID disease,” according to a data analysis from the New York Times.
Data on deaths from COVID-19 in those cities indicate a relatively low risk of death for people who have been vaccinated. The death rate among vaccinated people is expected to rise due to an increase in vaccinated people who have contracted the virus. “They are likely concentrated in people in fragile health, including the elderly and those with a serious underlying medical condition such as a previous organ transplant — especially if they are not stimulated.”
Data on deaths are about three weeks behind data on infections. But the Times reported that early numbers indicate that the increase in deaths among the vaccinated will be relatively modest. Deaths among unvaccinated New Yorkers and Seattleites had already started to climb in December, the Times wrote. “The deaths among the vaccinated are not.”
Psaki said, “You are 17 times more likely to go to hospital if you are not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die,” compared to people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The most complete data available from the CDC and research from Texas supports this claim. Although these studies are based on data collected before the spread of the omicron variant in the US, early data from New York and Seattle in December and January still indicate a significant gap between the experiences of unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals who become infected. touch.
We rate this claim as true.
- WhiteHouse.gov, “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki,” January 10, 2022
- Instagram post, January 10, 2022
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Rates of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths from Vaccination Status,” accessed January 12, 2022
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know,” accessed Jan. 12, 2022
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Rates of Lab-Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations Based on Vaccination Status,” accessed January 12, 2022
- Texas Department of State Health Services, “Texas Data Shows Unvaccinated People 20 Times More Likely to Die from COVID-19,” Nov 8, 2021
- Texas Department of State Health Services, “COVID-19 Cases and Deaths from Vaccination Status,” accessed January 12, 2022
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- The New York Times, “Early Data Point to Omicron’s Potential Toll Across America,” Jan. 9, 2022
- The New York Times, “In Omicron’s Hotspots, Hospitals Are Full, But ICUs Might Not,” Jan. 4, 2022
- The New York Times, “A Growing Gap,” January 11, 2022
- Twitter, tweet from the verified Centers for Disease Control and Prevention account, September 23, 2021