KEY POINTS

  • More than 12,000 fully vaccinated people tested positive for COVID-19
  • Over 3,000 have suffered breakthrough deaths
  • More than 226,000 COVID-19 cases in children were reported in the past week

More than 15,000 Americans have been admitted to hospitals or have died of COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated for the virus, new data showed. 

At least 12,750 fully vaccinated individuals in the U.S. suffered breakthrough COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sept. 13. People aged 65 and older accounted for 70% of reported breakthrough hospitalizations. 

In comparison, only 48% of hospitalized breakthrough COVID patients were females while 20% were people who did not show symptoms associated with the novel coronavirus or were hospitalized for reasons not related to COVID-19, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The data also showed that 3,040 fully-vaccinated Americans died of COVID-19. Of the total number of breakthrough deaths, 87% occurred in people aged 65 and older and 43% in females. At least 17% of breakthrough deaths occurred in patients who had an asymptomatic case of COVID-19 or whose deaths were unrelated to the virus. 

The data comes as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to surge “exponentially” across the U.S., particularly in children who now account for 25.7% of all new cases reported in the country. 

Nearly 226,000 pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported in the past week in the U.S., with a total of more than 925,000 cases over the past month. Since the pandemic began, over 5.5 million children have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

“After declining in early summer, child cases have increased exponentially, with over 925,000 cases in the past 4 weeks,” the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a Sept. 16 state-level data report.

The weekly number of pediatric COVID-19 cases reported by the AAP was a 215% increase since the week beginning July 22 and ending on July 29, where 71,726 pediatric COVID cases were recorded. However, the new figures showed a slight decline from the 243,373 cases reported on Sept. 9.

As of Sunday, 548 children aged 17 and younger died of COVID-19, according to CNN.

Overall, the U.S. has reported 42,286,531 COVID-19 cases and 676,059 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.

hospital-1802680_1920 Representation. A hospital bed. Photo: Pixabay