They are the most susceptible to the virus; more than 209 million doses have been administered
new York- The United States has opened up vaccination against Covid-19 to all people over the age of 16 and has received more than 209 million doses, but it still cannot provide immunizations for one-fifth of the country’s 20% of the elderly. Easy to be infected with the virus.
The next phase of the roll-out will bring new challenges. Some scientists and health officials worry that some of the most vulnerable people, including those 65 years of age and older, can now use it for all adults, so it may compete for vaccines. Will encounter difficulties.
Cindy Prins, an epidemiologist at the University of Florida, said that adding more young people can promote the opening of more vaccination sites, but these sites may be vulnerable to the elderly or those who are particularly vulnerable to the disease People cause intimidation or discomfort.
Prince said: “I think some people want a vaccine, but they are still very worried about contact with others.”
“This is a strange situation. We said,’Stay away from everyone, but please go to our mass vaccination clinic.”
According to current data, the elderly are the most vaccinated age group in the country. However, among people over 65, about one-fifth are particularly vulnerable to severe complications and death from Covid-19, so they have not received single-dose treatment. These include some nursing home residents, who account for more than one-third of all coronavirus deaths in the United States.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80% of people over the age of 65 have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 65% have been fully immunized.
Eligible individuals may not be vaccinated for many reasons, including persistent shortages, limited access to vaccination sites, and confusing appointment procedures. Some elderly people may also hesitate or unwilling to receive vaccination.
Prince added that some older people may have to wait until their regular doctor or other healthcare provider can get the vaccine.
Prince said: “Maybe some people don’t necessarily come to the door, but they may not drive.” “It may not be easy for them to get a vaccination somewhere, and it may be inconvenient.”
Dr. Lisa Cooper, director of the Johns Hopkins University Health Equity Center, suggested that health officials can encourage young people to help them vaccinate older people in their lives.
“We have to start asking the younger children,’Where is your mother? Your grandmother? Has everyone been vaccinated? If not, we have a few places where we want your entire family to be here. .’