Chart: COVID death risk for age groups by vaccination status
Data: CDC; Note: The data represent 30% of Americans in 16 countries: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle / King County, Washington . , Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti / Axios
Even vaccinated Americans 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 hospitalizations and death, but they're not perfect. Reducing the levels of COVID circulating in the community is key to protecting older or vulnerable adults - even those who are vaccinated.
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The Big Picture: Age has always been one of the biggest determinants of whether someone is at serious risk of COVID, and so is vaccines.
For this reason, regulators are in the process of recommending booster injections for older adults and other vulnerable populations.
Some Pfizer recipients, as well as people who are immunocompromised, are already entitled to a third dose.
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