Covid-19: Age, underlying conditions may put some vaccinated adults at higher risk of severe illness

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A patient in hospital.
A patient in hospital.

Some fully vaccinated adults are at higher risk for serious outcomes if they get Covid-19. 

According to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), being 65 years and older, immunosuppressed, and having at least one of six underlying medical conditions (chronic kidney, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, or liver diseases, and diabetes) were associated with a higher chance of severe disease, including hospitalisation and death. 

The investigators assessed infections in just over 1.2 million people across 465 US healthcare facilities who received a Covid-19 vaccine from December 2020 to October 2021, and honed in on which cases were particularly severe and resulted in death.

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