There is clear evidence that vaccines work well in the real world. Those who are choosing not to have it are putting their lives – and those around them – at unnecessary risk.
We can see how well vaccines work in a wide range of cases and death trends by looking at one of the groups most likely to be vaccinated: older Americans.
This is a significant change from December 2020. At that time, 35% of all cases were in people 50 years of age and older. Americans 50 years of age and older makeup
36 percent of the population.
Of course, older people are more vulnerable to serious illness and death, and we see this in numbers. In May and June
Of the Covid-19 related deaths, 91% were among people 50 years of age and above. Still, this is less than December 2020 when they accounted for 96% of all COVID-19 related deaths.
When we zoom in on people 65 and older, the decline is even more dramatic. They accounted for 83% of all COVID related deaths in December 2020. In early June figures, they accounted for 65%.
One big thing that has changed since December is America’s vaccination campaign over the past six months. Today, people 50 and older make up 54% of all Americans who have been fully vaccinated
, well above its share of the population.
Another way of looking at it is that more than 70% of people 50 and older have been fully vaccinated. Of all adults, only 58% have been fully vaccinated. in the middle all American
Of course, only 47% have been Americans.
People 65 and older are more likely to get vaccinated. About four-fifths (78%) of this group have been fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that after health care workers, older Americans were the first to have access to the vaccine.
One reason more older Americans are vaccinated is because favoritism is less of a factor.
When we take the average of the end of May and the beginning of June Axios/Ipsos Elections
, Older Democrats (ages 50 and older) are more likely to say they have received a vaccine than older Republicans, 86% to 64%. It’s a clear distinction to be sure, but take a look at the partisan difference between people under the age of 50.
Among adults aged 18 to 49, Democrats (74%) were 38 points more likely to say they had received the COVID-19 vaccine than Republicans (36%).
The good news is that the most vulnerable parts of our population are most likely to be vaccinated.
Still, young people can pass it on to others and die from it, and no one should have COVID-19.
Everyone who can, should get vaccinated. This will save lives.