Health experts are calling on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release a report that shows how much vaccines reduce the spread of coronavirus (CVD).
“If you are vaccinated, you are almost 100 percent protected from COVID-19.
If you don’t vaccinate, you will be 90 percent protected,” said Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Division of Vaccines and Immunization at the University of California, San Francisco.”
If it’s not you, it can’t be you, so let’s get that out there.”
While the CDC has long advocated that Americans vaccinate against COVID, the latest report, released Tuesday, makes clear that not everyone who is vaccinated is protected.
In addition to the CDC’s estimates, it found that about one-third of adults who received the vaccine were at risk for contracting the disease.
Those figures are based on a nationwide survey of adults ages 18 to 59 conducted by the CDC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in July and August of 2016.
The survey was part of a larger effort by the federal government to monitor the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness.
While the latest CDC report shows that many people who were vaccinated have recovered and are no longer at risk of contracting COVID after the virus is cleared, the CDC is still concerned about the safety of those who have not been vaccinated.
“The data shows that a small number of people are at high risk of developing COVID.
We’re still doing a lot of work on this,” Dr. Offit said.”
We don’t want to encourage people who are in high risk to get vaccinated because they might not be protected,” he added.
The CDC also said it’s aware of other high-risk populations, including pregnant women and the elderly.
The report is available here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/news/2016/august/prevalence-survey.pdfThe report, titled “COVID-20: Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Adults,” will be released in two parts.
The first, a draft of the report, will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 21.
The second, a final draft, will come out in October.
The draft is available in both pdf and doc formats, and both are free.
The full draft can be downloaded from the CDC website.