Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor
Even vaccinated Americans who are 80 or older are at higher risk of dying from the coronavirus than anyone — vaccinated or not — under the age of 50, according to CDC data.
Why it matters: The vaccines work really well against hospitalization and death, but they're not perfect. Reducing the level of COVID circulating in the community is key to protecting older or vulnerable adults — even vaccinated ones.
The big picture: Age has always been one of the biggest determinants of whether someone is at risk of severe COVID, and that remains true even with vaccines.
- That's why regulators are in the process of recommending booster shots for older adults, along with other vulnerable populations.
- Some Pfizer recipients, as well as immunocompromised people, are already eligible for a third dose.