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Study: 94 percent fewer hospital stays after the first …


A data analysis by Scottish universities and the health authority shows that the likelihood of a serious Covid illness drops massively just a few weeks after the first vaccination dose with AstraZeneca.

Not a day on which new data on one of the vaccines against the coronavirus are not published: Analyzes published on Monday by Scottish universities and the health authority Public Health Scotland show that the first of the two vaccinations with the preparation from AstraZeneca increases the risk of hospitalization for Covid -19 reduced by up to 94 percent. These values ​​apply for the fourth week after receiving the first dose. It was compared how many percent fewer hospital admissions there were for those who were vaccinated for the first time than for people who had not yet been vaccinated.

The number of cases evaluated is considerable, but the study has not yet appeared in a specialist magazine, including the necessary peer review. The scientists drew on health records from 5.4 million people, almost the entire Scottish population. The period from December 8th to February 15th was taken into account. During that time, 1.14 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Scotland. More than one in five people in the UK have been vaccinated.

“Substantial effect”

“These results have shown a substantial effect in reducing the risk of hospitalization from a single dose of vaccine across the Scottish population,” said Jim McMenamin, director of coronavirus at Public Health Scotland, the statement said.

The UK has a vaccination strategy of giving as many people as possible a first vaccination. The second dose will not be given for up to twelve weeks. In total, around 17.5 million people in the UK have been vaccinated with a first dose.

(WHAT / dpa)



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