Death Is 11 Times More Likely If You're Unvaccinated Against COVID-19

By, Zoe Bowlus

If you aren’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you’re 11 times more likely to die from the virus, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This statistic is further evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are effective.

Here are two other important findings and notes from the study:

  • If you’re unvaccinated, you’re 4.5 times more likely to contract COVID-19.

  • If you’re unvaccinated, you’re more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19.

This study shows that the vaccines strongly protect against severe cases of COVID-19, hospitalization, and death.

  • You’re fully vaccinated

  • two weeks after you’ve received the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine


  • two weeks after you’ve received the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccination works and will protect us from the severe complications of COVID-19. It will protect our children and allow them to stay in school for safe in-person learning,” said the CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, in a briefing.

“We have the scientific tools we need to turn the corner on this pandemic,” she said. You can help us turn that corner and stop the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated yourself and encouraging your loved ones to do so.

Getting vaccinated protects you and your family, friends, coworkers, your entire community.

  • To get yourself or your loved ones vaccinated, check out the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department (CUPHD) Vaccination Information page, which includes links to vaccine clinics at various locations in Champaign.

  • CUPHD is offering walk-in clinics at 201 W. Kenyon Road, Monday through Friday. No appointment or ID is needed to get the free vaccine.

  • Note: If the vaccine is for someone between the ages of 12 and 17, they must get the Pfizer vaccine only.