Vaccine Data Shows 80% Efficacy in People Aged 80 or Older

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Vaccine data shows either the Pfizer or the Moderna shot reduces the chance of hospitalizations by 80% in people who are over 80 years of age.  The study done in England stressed that both doses are needed for the best protection.  Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, “The results may help to explain why the number of Covid admissions to intensive care units among people over 80 in the UK have dropped to single figures in the last couple of weeks.”

England’s deputy chief medical officer Prof Jonathan Van-Tam said the vaccine program in England “is going to hopefully take us into a very different world in the next few months.” He again stressed the importance of getting the second dose of the shot. He said the second dose would very likely, “mature your immune response, possibly make it broader and almost certainly make it longer than it would otherwise be in relation to a first dose only.”

The data has yet to be peer reviewed but it also shows that the vaccines limit the risk of people over the age of 70 developing Covid symptoms by around 60%.  Dr Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s head of immunization said, “While there remains much more data to follow, this is encouraging and we are increasingly confident that vaccines are making a real difference.”

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