Nearly 590,089 people over 65 have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, CDC data shows.
The data shows that about 1 in every 100 Americans over 65 have died from COVID-19.The CDC has said that older people are more likely to get severely sick from COVID-19.
One in every 100 Americans over the age of 65 has now died from coronavirus, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
The latest CDC data from last week shows that nearly 590,089 people over 65 were have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, out of the 54.1 million individuals in that same population, according to US Census Bureau figures.
For people younger than 65, about 1 in about 1,400 Americans have died from COVID-19, the New York Times reported.
According to the CDC data, 178,912 Americans between 65 and 74 have died. The 75-84 age bracket saw 203,422 deaths, while the 85 years and older group saw 207,755 deaths.
That same population is also the most-vaccinated of any age bracket, according to the Mayo Clinic's vaccine tracker.
Over 89% of the 65-74 population and 84% of the 75 and older group is fully vaccinated, the data shows.
The CDC has said that older people are more likely to get severely sick from COVID-19, and has urged everyone to get vaccinated against the virus.
"People 65 and older who received both doses of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines showed a 94% reduced risk of COVID-19 related hospitalization," the CDC said on its website.
The grim fatality milestone for the 65 and older age group comes as the US faces its first batch of cases of the new omicron variant.