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Israel is seeing a 60% decrease in hospitalizations at the age of 60 + 3 weeks after the first shot

Israel is seeing a 60% decrease in hospitalizations at the age of 60 + 3 weeks after the first shot

An Israeli healthcare provider has indicated that vaccines are rapidly avoiding severe cases of COVID-19 among the most vulnerable members of society.

The full effects of the Pfizer vaccine are set to start about a month after the first shot, but data from Israel, home to the world’s fastest vaccination campaign, has already shown that there has been a sharp drop in infections even before this point.

Gaining widespread international attention through early data sharing, Maccabi Healthcare Services I reported earlier this month He had seen a 60 percent decrease in coronavirus cases three weeks after the first shot was given.

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But it was not clear if the benefits were being felt evenly by those with a tendency to have a mild infection and those who would likely abuse COVID-19 poorly.

An Israeli man receives a vaccine against the Coronavirus at the Clalit Vaccination Center in Jerusalem, January 4, 2021 (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

Now, McCabe is beginning to answer the question that hospitals and health ministers around the world are asking with concern, amid fears of a collapse in health services: How quickly will the COVID-19 wards begin to see the benefits of vaccination?

McCabe’s latest data indicates that the decline in hospitalizations is rapid after vaccination, and found that hospital admissions begin to drop sharply as of day 18 after patients receive their first injection. Galia Rahav, head of the infectious diseases department at the largest hospital in Israel, Sheba Medical Center, described the data as “very important”.

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McCabe, after monitoring 50,777 patients, revealed that by day 23, that is, two days after the second injection, there is a 60% decrease in hospitalizations among people who have been vaccinated and those over the age of 60. I compared their hospitalization rate at that point with the rate at which they were hospitalized shortly after receiving the vaccine, using 7-day moving averages.

Israeli Professor Galia Rahaf in Tel Aviv on June 22, 2020 (Yossi Aloni / Flash90)

“These are very important data,” Rahav, who is not affiliated with the study, told The Times of Israel. “It has an effect because amid the high infection rates and the prevalence of variants it is difficult to see from the general numbers how vaccination affects things.

“By only taking an insight into hospitalizations among elderly people who have been vaccinated, this data is valuable.”

However, she cautioned that some of the decrease could be due to the tendency of newly vaccinated people to adhere to lockdown rules, leading to a reduction in infection and hospitalization.

The new data also supports McCabe’s previous claim of a 60% reduction in the incidence rate after three weeks, as it reported that it had seen the same decline with a new sample that includes only the over 60 age group.

The Maccabi graph gives a true picture of infection in Israel, and shows that as of the thirteenth day, people over 60 had infection rates similar to overall infection rates over 60 years old. Then a gap appeared, and by day 23, there were 18 daily infections out of a total of 50,777 infections, but only six among those who were vaccinated.

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