As autumn approaches, there is a new movement to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 because of the elderly who continue to be hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis in Korea.
According to data from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), about a third of the population over 50 years of age who are subject to the second dose of COVID-19 booster injections have been vaccinated.
Similarly, only about half of American children 5 years of age and older get their first booster injection.
“If you’re over 50 and you haven’t had your shot this year… it’s absolutely essential to go out and buy one right now,” said White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Assisi Zaha told ABC ‘This Week’ co-anchor Martha Radats last month.
Augmented doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are helping to significantly increase protection against serious COVID-19 disease and death, especially among elderly Americans, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The unvaccinated general population was over 50 and had a 29 times higher mortality rate from COVID-19 than those who received both doses.
The death rate among those who had not been vaccinated by April was 42 times higher. Despite the decline in efficacy, data show that the vaccine is still highly effective in protecting against serious disease.
The risk of death from COVID-19 was four times higher in adults 50 years of age and older who received both the initial and second immunizations.
Hospitalization rates for older Americans are significantly higher than for any other age group, especially those over 70. In the United States, the chance of hospitalization increases by 10.5% every 10 years after age 65.
Every day, about 6,100 HIV-positive people are admitted to hospitals in the United States. Hospitals across the country are currently caring for about 43,000 patients who have tested positive for the virus.
There was no significant change in the total number of hospitalized patients over several weeks. However, the number of patients currently hospitalized for the virus is well below the national peak of 160,000.
Although the current number of deaths from COVID-19 has declined since the beginning of the pandemic, hundreds of Americans die from it every day.
More than 2,700 people died from coronavirus complications in the United States last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).