Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fewer hospital stays in Scotland after first dose of vaccine


According to a preliminary data analysis, even the first of the two vaccinations with the preparation from Astrazeneca can reduce the risk of hospital stays for Covid-19 by up to 94 percent. That comes from an analysis published on Monday by several Scottish universities and the public health authority Public Health Scotland.

The vaccine from Biontech and Pfizer reduces the risk of hospitalization with the first dose by around 85 percent.

The values ​​are 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. For the study, which has not yet been published in a specialist magazine, the scientists used data from 5.4 million people, almost the entire Scottish population.

The aim of the study was not to examine the differences between Astra Zeneca and Biontech.

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.

“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.



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