Here is more incentive to get vaccinated.

If you are unvaccinated, you are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, according to new CDC studies that were published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

"Looking at cases over the past two months when the Delta variant was the predominant variant circulating in this country, those who were unvaccinated were about four and a half times more likely to get COVID-19, over 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from the disease," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said at a briefing held Friday, CBS News reported.

Read more: Death From COVID 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated: Study | Newsmax.com

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Approximately 30 percent of the American people remain unvaccinated. With some, it’s purely political in nature. That’s not smart and it’s regrettable. Sadly, some have unnecessarily died as a result.

Additionally, there are those with legitimate medical or religious reasons for not taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

Researchers had projected that by the end of July, 10% of all COVID-19 cases would be breakthrough cases among the vaccinated. Instead, that number rose to 18%, most likely driven by the Delta variant, the CDC team said.

As reported by CBS News, the shift was, "Consistent with a potential decline in vaccine protection against confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection," the researchers said.

The CDC research team believes that this will further make the case for booster shots to be administered as protection begins to wane.

SOURCES: CBS News, Newsmax & Centers for Disease Control and prevention.

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