Over 15,000 Americans either died or have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 despite having been fully vaccinated, according to the latest data.
As of Sept. 13, at least 12,750 individuals who are fully vaccinated in the U.S. were hospitalized for COVID-19. At least 70% of reported latest hospitalizations are among people aged 65 and older.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were females, while 20% were individuals who had no symptoms associated with the virus or were admitted to hospitals for other reasons.
The data also revealed that 3,040 Americans who are fully vaccinated have succumbed to COVID-19. Of the breakthrough total number of deaths, 87% are of people aged 65 and older, 43% in females. 17% of these breakthrough deaths are observed in patients who had no symptoms of the coronavirus or whose deaths were not related to COVID-19.
The latest data follows as the figures for COVID-19 infections continue to increase rapidly across the nation, specifically in children, who are not eligible to receive the vaccine and now account for 25.7% of the latest cases reported in the U.S.
Just in the previous week, almost 226,000 pediatric cases were reported, with the total reaching over 925,000 cases in the past month. Since the pandemic started, more than 5.5 million children have contracted to COVID-19 virus.
“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.
For the weekly number of pediatric cases, the AAP reported that a 215% increase since the week starting July 22 to July 29 was observed. 71,726 pediatric cases were recorded.
But, in the latest report on Sept. 9, a slight decrease from the 243,373 cases was observed.
As of Sunday, according to reports by CNN, 548 children 17 and younger died of COVID-19.
Since the start of the pandemic, the U.S. has recorded 43,242,302 COVID-19 cases and 696,867 deaths, according to worldometer data.