Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 31-year-old Democratic Congresswoman from a Bronx-Queens district, recently shared on Instagram a video of her inoculation with an FDA-approved COVID vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes death totals by age groups, and the results for her 25-to-34-cohort are (as of Dec. 30):
2,087 deaths 45,940,000 people 4.5 deaths per 100,000
In contrast to the congresswoman, Florida’s 42-year-old Republican Governor Ron DeSantis just announced that he would defer inoculation until the most vulnerable Americans, those of us 65 years of age and older, are treated.
The COVID totals for his 35-to-44 cohort are:
5,398 deaths 41,659,000 people 13.0 deaths per 100,000
Even more spectacularly encouraging is the epidemiology for the four youngest cohorts:
||Deaths per 100,000
Therefore, among the 190,858,000 Americans under 45 years of age, vaccinations should be administered first to: members of the armed forces; police, fire and medical workers; and individuals with underlying serious medical problems, including obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart and lung ailments, who, if infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, are more likely to die.
This table has the vital SARS-CoV-2 statistics for the remaining five age cohorts, which represent 137,382,000 Americans:
||Deaths per 100,000
|85 & Over
Obviously, vaccinations for Americans in these oldest cohorts should first be administered to everyone over 84 years of age, whose 1.5% fatality rate is 1,500 times the .001% rate for the 15-24 cohort.
Thereafter, the vaccines should be given to those Americans in the four other oldest groups, who are suffering from at least one serious co-morbidity.
At 70 years of age, I am, like Gov. DeSantis, not lined-up for vaccine. I am not overweight, have no COVID co-morbidities, do not smoke, drink or take any drugs, prescription or illegal, and I have not been tested for the coronavirus.
Moreover, since I was a pro basketball player in the early 1970s in Sweden, Israel and Switzerland, I have been conscientious about keeping myself in excellent physical shape, and my Medicare bills since 2015 have totaled, Baruch Hashem (Thank G-d), only several thousand dollars.
Therefore, the solid majority of Americans, who are, like Gov. DeSantis and me, in excellent health, and who are not essential workers, should forgo vaccination until our truly deserving fellow citizens receive these life-saving treatments.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Report's — More Here.
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