Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-02-22 16:17:38 –
London — Two UK studies published Monday show that the COVID-19 vaccination program has contributed to a sharp reduction in hospitalizations, as well as a carefully managed study in the real world. But I’m raising expectations that shots will work.
Preliminary results from a study in Scotland show that the Pfizer vaccine reduced hospitalizations by up to 85% four weeks after the first dose, and AstraZeneca reduced hospitalizations by up to 94%.
Scottish researchers have examined data on the entire Scottish population of 5.4 million in recent months. About 20% of them receive the first dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine.
From December to mid-February, more than 8,000 people in Scotland were hospitalized with COVID-19. However, only 58 of the hospitalized were part of the vaccinated group.
In the United Kingdom, preliminary data from a healthcare professional study showed that the Pfizer vaccine reduced the risk of catching COVID-19 by 70% after a single dose. This number has risen to 85% since the second time.