Unvaxxed seniors 50x more likely to be hospitalized

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For people who are 65 or older, the likelihood of being hospitalized for COVID-19 is nearly 50 times greater for the unvaccinated compared to those who are fully vaccinated and boosted, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data on laboratory-confirmed COVID-19-associated hospitalizations among children and adults was collected through a network of over 250 acute-care hospitals in 14 states.

According to the CDC, the data from December shows the rates of COVID-19 hospitalization for unvaccinated adults age 65 and older was 49 times higher than those who were vaccinated and boosted. Compared to those who were fully vaccinated but not boosted, unvaccinated people were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized.

Overall cases, as well as hospitalizations and deaths from the virus were on the rise during the first week of this month, according to the CDC. As of this week, the omicron variant is the dominant type of COVID-19 circulating in the U.S. and on Friday community transmission was still high.

In addition to senior adults, other unvaccinated age groups are also at a higher risk for COVID-19 hospitalization, based on the new data.

For unvaccinated adults age 50 to 64, the likelihood of hospitalization was 44 times greater compared to those who were vaccinated and boosted. For that same age group, those who were fully vaccinated but not boosted were still 17 times less likely to be hospitalized than those who were unvaccinated.

Unvaccinated adults age 18 to 49 were 12 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID than those who were fully vaccinated. Teens age 12 to 17 were nine times more likely to be hospitalized.

According to The New York Times, COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to be an issue in some areas of the country as of Friday and in some areas, numbers were plateauing. So far, more than 75 percent of people in the U.S. have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.