WASHINGTON (AP) – COVID-19 among older Americans has fallen by more than 70% since the beginning of the hospital year, strong evidence that the vaccination campaign is working. Now, the task is to persuade more young people of the country to get vaccinated.
The decline in serious cases among people 65 and older is so high that the rate of hospitalization among the vaccinated group has fallen to the level of the next youngest group, those between 50 and 64 years old.
This data is particularly encouraging since COVID-19 has killed 8 out of 10 deaths since the onset of the coronovirus epidemic in the United States.
In mid-January, deaths from COVID-19 in the United Nations have fallen to an average of 700, with a peak of over 3,400 deaths recorded in mid-January. In total, approximately 570,000 people have died from coronaviruses in the United States.
Jody Guest, a public health expert at Emory University, said, “What we are seeing is what we expected and wanted to see: increases in vaccination rates, hospitalizations and mortality rates. . “
The trend reflects what is happening in other countries with high vaccination rates, such as Israel and Great Britain, and is in stark contrast to the worsening crisis in places like Brazil and India, which lag far behind in their immunization campaigns.
According to federal government data, hospitalizations have fallen by 60% overall, but more rapidly among older people who are eligible to receive long-term vaccines and enthusiastically.
Two-thirds of the elderly in the United States have already received both doses of the vaccine, compared to one-third of all adults. More than 80% of the elderly have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to just over 50% of all adults.
The rate of hospitalization among people 65 and older is approximately 14 per 100,000 people, citing a monitoring system that collects data from more than 250 hospitals in 14 states, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) reported.
However, the country is seeing a decrease in demand for vaccines, despite the fact that injections are now available to all adults. According to CDC data, the average daily dose appeared to fall from 3.2 million to 2.9 million in mid-April.