There is clear evidence that the vaccines work well in the real world. People who are choosing not to get it are putting their lives — and those around them — at unnecessary risk.
We can see how well the vaccines work in the broader case and death trends by looking at one of the groups most likely to get vaccinated: older Americans.
When we zoom in on those aged 65 and older, the decline is even more dramatic. They were 83% of all Covid related deaths in December 2020. In preliminary June data, they accounted for 65%.
Those 65 years and older are even more likely to get vaccinated. Nearly four-fifths (78%) among this group have been fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that older Americans were among the first to have access to the vaccine, after health care workers.
One reason why more older Americans have been vaccinated is that partisanship is less of a factor.
Among adults 18 to 49 years old, Democrats (74%) were 38 points more likely to say they had gotten a Covid-19 vaccine than Republicans (36%) were.
The good news is that the most vulnerable part of our population is the most likely to be vaccinated.
Even so, young people can pass it to others and die from it, and no one should want to get Covid-19.
Everybody who can, should get vaccinated. It will save lives.