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More vaccinated people died from COVID than unvaccinated people in August

People who were vaccinated against COVID-19 died in larger numbers than those who were unvaccinated against the virus for the first time since the pandemic’s onset in the U.S., according to a new report.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 58% of the COVID-19 deaths in August were from people who had completed at least their primary series of vaccines, according to KFF.

The news comes nearly 15 months after President Biden declared COVID-19 to be a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” He announced a de facto vaccine mandate in that same speech by attempting to rewrite OSHA regulations that applied to large companies.

For the first time, a majority of Americans dying from the coronavirus received at least the primary series of the vaccine. Fifty eight percent of coronavirus deaths in August were people who were vaccinated or boosted, according to an analysis conducted for The Health 202 by Cynthia Cox, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

It’s a continuation of a troubling trend that has emerged over the past year. As vaccination rates have increased and new variants appeared, the share of deaths of people who were vaccinated has been steadily rising. In September 2021, vaccinated people made up just 23 percent of coronavirus fatalities. In January and February this year, it was up to 42 percent, per our colleagues Fenit Nirappil and Dan Keating. “We can no longer say this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Cox told The Health 202.

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