New study provides evidence that one dose of Covid vaccine reduces serious illness

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Evidence that one dose reduces disease: Only 32 of 2,000 who required hospital treatment for Covid after the first dose would have contracted it once maximal immunity started

  • Less than 2 percent of people who were hospitalized for Covid after being vaccinated developed symptoms three weeks after a shot, a study found.
  • About 33,139,742 first doses and 10,775,817 second doses have been given in the UK meaning about one in five adults is fully vaccinated
  • Only 2,004 Covid patients are now being treated by the NHS – up from a peak of nearly 40,000 in January

Less than 2 percent of people who were hospitalized for Covid after being vaccinated developed symptoms three weeks after a shot, a study found.

Only 32 of the 2,000 who required hospital treatment for coronavirus after a first dose would have contracted it once maximal immunity started.

The remaining patients are likely to have developed symptoms before or after vaccination.

Researchers from the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium looked at more than 74,000 hospitalizations between September and early March.

Less than 2 percent of people who were hospitalized for Covid after being vaccinated developed symptoms three weeks after a shot, a study found.  Pictured: A man is getting a Covid-19 vaccine in London [File photo]

Less than 2 percent of people who were hospitalized for Covid after being vaccinated developed symptoms three weeks after a shot, a study found. Pictured: A man is getting a Covid-19 vaccine in London [File photo]

About 33,139,742 first doses and 10,775,817 second doses have been given in the UK meaning about one in five adults is fully vaccinated [File photo]

About 33,139,742 first doses and 10,775,817 second doses have been given in the UK meaning about one in five adults is fully vaccinated [File photo]

Of the just under 2,000 who received the vaccine, they analyzed how many days passed between getting the shot and Covid symptoms.

Professor Calum Semple, a member of the Sage advisory group who worked on the paper, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program, “This is really good real-world data showing that this vaccine works really well.”

Only 2,004 Covid patients are now being treated by the NHS – up from a peak of nearly 40,000 in January.

The number of admissions has fallen to about 200 per day.

About 33,139,742 first doses and 10,775,817 second doses have been given in the UK, meaning about one in five adults has been fully vaccinated.

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