As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase in Maine, those over age 60 have been making up nearly three-quarters of admissions even as that age group leads in vaccinations and a higher share of younger people are being seriously affected.

Those over age 60 make up nearly two-thirds of the Mainers who have received their final COVID-19 vaccination, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data. But the average age of hospitalized COVID-19 patients remained above 60 since vaccination efforts began, going from 74 in December to 66 in March, when the most recent data is available.

The increasing hospitalizations and the continuing effect on older Mainers are reminders of the virus’ serious effects on members of that population who have not been vaccinated, even

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