Unvaccinated older people appear to have have higher risk of hospitalization for COVID-19; study suggests vaccines do not affect fertility: Coronavirus update for Jan. 25, 2022

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Older people who are unvaccinated risk hospitalizations more than those who are vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, CDC study suggests, and vaccination does not affect male or female fertility, a new study suggests.

Cleveland.com is rounding up some of the most notable coronavirus news making headlines online. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Unvaccinated older Americans risk hospitalizations more than those who are vaccinated, boosted, CDC study suggests

The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for the unvaccinated than for those who are vaccinated and boosted, new statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

In December, unvaccinated people 50 and older were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who had completed the initial immunization series, but hadn’t yet received a booster.

Among Americans 50-64, unvaccinated people were 44 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated and had a booster shot, the data showed.

For Americans over 65, the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 was 49 times higher for the unvaccinated than for those with full vaccination and a booster.

The data was recently published on the CDC website.

Vaccination does not affect fertility, new study suggests

COVID-19 vaccination does not appear to affect fertility in either partner, suggests new research from the Boston University School of Public Health.

A study of couples trying to conceive found no association between COVID-19 vaccination and the probability of conception per menstrual cycle. This was true of female or male partners who received the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

The findings did suggest that men who contract COVID-19 may have reduced fertility temporarily, according to news reports.

Investigators looked at survey data on COVID-19 vaccination and infection, and fecundability, among female and male participants in the Boston University School of Public Health-based Pregnancy Study Online, an ongoing NIH-funded study that follows women trying to conceive from preconception through six months after delivery.

The study included more than 2,000 women in the United States and Canada. Participants provided information on their medical histories, socio-demographics, lifestyles and partners from December 2020 to November 2021.

The research was recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Vaccine hesitance dropped faster among African-Americans that whites, OSU study suggests

Black Americans who were initially hesitant about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were more likely than whites to become less hesitant as the pandemic continued, a new study from the Ohio State University suggests.

The research illustrates the likelihood that access to vaccines, and not just distrust or skepticism, is a significant obstacle among Black Americans, the study authors said.

The study, recently published in JAMA Network Open, followed the same group of Americans, surveying them about their views regarding the pandemic.

Data was collected from an initial group of 1,200 participants, between late 2020 and June 2021. Participants were asked about their likelihood of getting a vaccine and how they felt regarding the safety, efficacy and need for the vaccine.

About 38% of Black participants and 28% of white participants were hesitant at the start of the study. By June, 26% of Black participants and 27% of white participants were hesitant.

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