2021-10-05 21:35:44 Covid Vaccines Saved Lives Among Older and Disabled Americans, Study Shows
Covid Vaccines Saved Lives Among Older and Disabled Americans, Study Shows
According to a federal government report released on Tuesday, the United States coronavirus vaccination campaign saved the lives of tens of thousands of elderly people even in its early months.
According to a Department of Health and Human Services analysis, vaccination prevented approximately 265,000 cases, 107,000 hospitalizations, and 39,000 deaths among Medicare recipients who are either over the age of 65 or disabled from January to May.
This includes a period when only a small number of people received the shots. Vaccination in the United States began in mid-December and was initially restricted to the elderly and people with serious underlying conditions.
However, the rollout was uneven, and vaccine production and distribution were still in the early stages. Only 4% of the US population was fully vaccinated in mid-February, but by the end of May, the figure had risen to 41%, and nearly 80% for people over 65.
The H.H.S. study did not include deaths after May, when the percentage of people vaccinated increased but the efficacy of early vaccines may have waned.
The study discovered that for every ten percentage point increase in a county’s vaccination rate, the number of Covid hospitalizations and deaths among Medicare recipients decreased by 11 to 12 percent.
The number of deaths reported by local and state authorities peaked in January at around 4,000 per day, dropped to as low as 200 to 300 per day in July, and has since risen to around 2,000 per day. Experts, however, believe that those figures are an undercount.