U.S. recommends ‘additional vaccination’ for COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 65 and older… why?

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In the US, 20,000 people are hospitalized and 2,000 people die from COVID-19 every week.
From January to July last year, 88% of COVID-19 deaths were people aged 65 or older.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended on the 28th of last month (local time) that elderly people should receive another dose of the new COVID-19 vaccine that will be released in September.

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According to the Associated Press on this day, the CDC supported the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and strongly recommended that seniors aged 65 or older receive additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC explained that severe symptoms of COVID-19 are more likely to appear in older people. “The majority of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations last year occurred in people age 65 and older,” CDC Director Mandy Cohen said in a statement. “Additional vaccinations may provide additional protection for high-risk groups.”

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COVID-19 remains dangerous for the elderly and people with underlying health conditions. According to the CDC, more than 20,000 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States every week, and more than 2,000 people die.

From October 2023 to January 2024, 67% of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 occurred in people aged 65 or older. Additionally, 88% of hospital deaths due to COVID-19 from January to July 2023 were people aged 65 or older.

The CDC recommended additional vaccinations for Americans aged 5 and older last fall. The vaccination rate among adults was low. Only about 22% of Americans ages 18 and older have received their booster dose. Among seniors aged 65 or older, only about 42% were vaccinated.

According to a report by the Washington Post (WP) on the 28th, by the end of last year, 98% of Americans had immunity to COVID-19 through vaccination or having antibodies resulting from infection.

However, experts explained that the COVID-19 infection trend is still similar to the past. He went on to say that additional vaccinations will restore the effectiveness of the weakened vaccine.

Source: Donga

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