My Patients Ask — Does the COVID vaccine really matter to middle-aged or younger folks?

A new study from the CDC shows us just how valuable the COVID vaccines have been for both young and older adults. The bottom line? The more people who are vaccinated in any age group, the greater the benefit.

The Hill reports, “Older Americans experienced larger declines in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths after the vaccine became available compared to those aged 18 to 49″ because more people in the older age group were vaccinated.

This study argues strongly for the idea that each of us being vaccinated helps us help many others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study:

  • What is already known about this topic?

COVID-19 vaccination began in the United States in December 2020, and adults aged ≥65 years were prioritized in early phases.

  • What is added by this report?

By May 1, 2021, those who had received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine:

      • 65 years of age or over, 82%; 50-64 years, 63%, and 18-49 years, 42%

From November 29–December 12, 2020, to April 18–May 1, 2021, the rate ratios of COVID-19 incidence, emergency department visits, hospital admissions, and deaths among adults declined dramatically as a result of the vaccine:

      • 65 years of age or over,  65%, 50-64 years. 59%, and 18-49 years, 40%.


  • What are the implications for public health practice?

The greater decline in COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in older adults, the age group with the highest vaccination rates, demonstrates the potential impact of increasing population-level vaccination coverage.

In other words, the more of us who choose to receive the COVID vaccine, the greater the good not only for us as individuals, but for those we love: our family, friends, and those in our faith communities — not to mention our country as a whole.

This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.


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