Quoting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, CNN Heath writes that only about 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older who completed their initial vaccination round still have not received a first booster shot yet. Health researchers are reportedly wondered why this vulnerable group of seniors are reluctant to get booster shots.
According Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of CDC data, “People 65 and older account for about 75% of U.S. covid deaths. And some risk persists, even for seniors who have completed an initial two-dose series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Among older people who died of covid in January, 31% had completed a first vaccination round but had not been boosted.”
According to a recently published study of older veterans, “those who received a third dose of an mRNA vaccine were as much as 79% less likely to die from covid than those who received only two shots”.
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Dr. LaTasha Perkins, a family physician in Washington, D.C, told CNN “she has worked hard to persuade her family in Mississippi to get vaccinated. Her grandmother agreed to get her first shots in the fall, just as the CDC approved boosters for all adults.”
“We finally got to a place where we got people to get two shots, and then we said, ‘Oh, by the way, you need a third one. That was jarring for a lot of communities. They would say, ‘You convinced me to buy in, and now you’re saying that two shots aren’t good enough‘,” Dr. Perkins told to CNN.
Some community have done much better job of vaccination than the others. According to a KHN analysis of CDC data, “Minnesota’s Dakota County has boosted a greater percentage of vaccinated people 65 and older than any other U.S. county with at least 50,000 seniors”.
According to Dr. David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, the discrepancy for seniors is likely due to changes in the way the federal government has distributed vaccines.
Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of May 15) 736,970,055 doses have been distributed and 581,670,838 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data a total of 9,917,824 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of May 13) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 1,479,047 with 12,559 deaths.