This comes from the latest data for May provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Most of the deaths that currently occur from COVID-19 in the United States are in people who were not vaccinated, as reported this Friday in an Associated Press (AP) agency analysis.
The data is considered a clear demonstration of how effective the injections have been and an indication that daily deaths, today below 300 in the North American country, could be practically zero if all eligible were inoculated.
The AP identified government data available for May, revealing that "emerging" infections among fully vaccinated people accounted for fewer than 1,200 of the more than 853,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19. That figure is roughly 0.1%.
Of the more than 18,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded in May, only 150 occurred in fully vaccinated people. This means about 0. 0.8% per day or an average of five deaths.
The agency analyzed data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, called the CDC. The report states that the CDC itself has not calculated the percentage of hospitalizations and deaths in fully vaccinated people, arguing that there are limitations in the data.
Only about 45 states report numbers for so-called emerging COVID-19 infections, among hospitalizations and deaths from the disease in the United States. Some areas put more effort into these issues than others. As a result, the data likely underestimates such infections, CDC authorities added.
Still, the overall trend the data shows reflect what many health care authorities are seeing across the country and what leading experts are saying: Almost everyone who dies from COVID-19 in the United States today was not vaccinated.
Earlier this month, Andy Slavit, a former Biden adviser on the epidemic, indicated that between 98 and 99 Americans who died of the coronavirus were not vaccinated.
Also, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday that the vaccine is so effective that "almost all deaths from COVID-19, especially among adults, are fully preventable at this time." However, Walensky called those deaths "particularly tragic."
The stories of people who refuse to be vaccinated in the United States number in the thousands. Among them is Ross Bagne, a 68-year-old small businessman in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Bagne had been eligible to receive the vaccine since early February, but she never got it.
He died on June 4, infected and unvaccinated, after spending more than three weeks in the hospital, with his lungs filled with fluid. He was unable to swallow due to a stroke. "He never left home, so he figured he wouldn't get infected," said his sister, Karen McKnight. So why take the risk of not getting vaccinated? He wondered.
Effects on the vaccination plan
Despite questions from part of the population, the vaccination plan in the United States is maintained. So far, 65.4% of those over 18 have received at least one dose of one of the three vaccines licensed in the United States.
But vaccination rates have been declining since April when it increased its daily dose by 3.4 million. According to Health Administration figures, the latest average is about 850,000 daily doses, a figure in which children 12 years and older have been vaccinated with Pfizer.