One of the main rationales for why some U.S. health officials are referring to COVID-19 as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” is the claim that 97 percent of Americans who have been hospitalized with symptoms of the illness are unvaccinated. During a White House press briefing on July 16, 2021, the director of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, MD, said that unvaccinated people account for more than 97 percent of hospitalizations in the United States.1
Predictably, the 97 percent figure has been picked up by media outlets and medical associations around the country and cited as proof that this is a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”2 3 4 5 6 How can one argue with such evidence? I mean, numbers don’t lie, do they? Particularly when they are provided by an authoritative source like the director of the CDC.