Unvaccinated people are more than 11 times likelier to die from the coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A CDC publication — “Rates of COVID-19 Cases or Deaths by Vaccination Status” — reported that the unvaccinated were at more than six times greater risk of developing COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, and at 11.3 times greater risk of dying from the disease, WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported.

The CDC data was based on roughly 600,000 coronavirus cases logged from April to late August, as the highly contagious delta variant of the virus fueled spikes in cases nationwide.

Nevertheless, “breakthrough” cases — or when fully vaccinated people become infected with the virus — have occurred, accounting for 14% of hospitalizations and 16% of deaths in June and July, about twice the percentage as earlier this year, WTTG reported.

However, only .03% of the vaccinated population have reported such cases, according to health officials, WTTG reported.

As of Tuesday, roughly 57% of the U.S. population — or about 189 million people — is fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the CDC.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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