While the younger population are more likely to develop mild infections, people above the age of 50 and people with pre-existing comorbidities are at a greater risk of infections and more prone to fatalities.
Unvaccinated older adults and those with comorbidities are at a greater risk of contracting the virus and developing serious illness, as per the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention.
According to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data reveals that more than 99% of deaths over the last six months were among unvaccinated people.
The CDC suggests that Americans 50 years and older make up 27% of COVID-19 infections in preliminary June data.
Additionally, a UK study also suggested a significant drop in COVID hospitalization cases among older adults after their vaccine rollout.
Vaccination is the only way to gain some immunity against the virus.