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COVID-19 vaccination and older people: protection or gerontocide?
Friday 2 December
2-4pm (UK time)
Chair: Camilla Williamson, HelpAge International.
University of Aberdeen, UK.
A progress report on the COVID-19 vaccination of older people in India.
Leon Geffen and Gabrielle Kelly
The Samson Institute for Ageing Research (SIFAR).
COVID-19 vaccination in long-term care facilities in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Universidad Católica San Pablo, Peru and University of East Anglia, UK.
Does prioritising older people in COVID-19 vaccination save more lives? The case of Peru.
Little information is currently available about how COVID-19 has affected long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in countries like South Africa.
World Health Organisation data show Bolivia has provided more doses of COVID-19 vaccine to people aged under 30 than to people aged 60 or more.
Recently, WHO started to publish data on COVID-19 vaccination for older people and total population. For some of the countries which are included on the WHO site, the data are alarming.
Older people in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand have a lower COVID-19 vaccine priority than younger people and this is causing thousands of needless deaths.
Recently, WHO started to publish data on COVID-19 vaccination for older people and total population. Although the site includes information for a large number of countries, several are not included.
Older people and social movements in times of COVID-19 – Brazil’s National Front to Strengthen the Long-Term Care Institutions for Older People. An interview with Karla Giacomin.
It can be taken for granted that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced older people’s access to essential health and social care services. However, collecting specific data on these effects has been challenging.
Kudos to the World Health Organisation for publishing age-disaggregated data on its vaccination coverage portal.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organisation, 5 February 2021.
“There is a disturbing narrative in some countries that it’s OK if older people die. It’s not OK… Those most at risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19, including health workers and older people, must come first. And they must come first everywhere.”
Of reported COVID-19 deaths in Chile since the start of the pandemic have been aged 60 or more.
In Argentina, the average age of deaths attributed to COVID-19 is
In Peru, people aged 60 or more account for
of reported COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
From March 2020 to 2021
of Colombia’s 55,000 reported COVID-19 deaths were aged 55+.
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