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Boosted Americans 97 Times Less Likely to Die of COVID Than Unvaccinated

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Americans who have received a COVID-19 booster shot are 97 times less likely to die from the coronavirus than those who aren’t vaccinated, according to a new update from the CDC.

In addition, fully vaccinated Americans — meaning those with up to two doses, but no booster — are 14 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people.

"These data confirm that vaccination and boosting continues to protect against severe illness and hospitalization, even during the Omicron surge," Rochelle Walensky, MD, director of the CDC, said during a briefing by the White House COVID-19 Response Team.

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