Increasing vaccination rates now may blunt a potential fall or winter surge in hospitalization and deaths, particularly in upper Midwestern and Northeastern states.

Unvaccinated individuals face a five times higher rate of infection and risk of hospitalization 29 times greater than their vaccinated counterparts. Nevertheless, the pace of vaccination slowed recently to fewer than 700,000 doses per day; which could leave millions vulnerable for many months.

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