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Covid jab ‘better than imagined’ at preventing hospitalisations

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An official study has shown that the risk of needing hospital treatment for coronavirus illness drops significantly in the weeks after receiving a dose of the vaccine. Experts conducting the research concluded that the treatment is working “better than we could have possibly have imagined”.

Only 32 people were hospitalised with Covid-19 more than three weeks after receiving a dose, data reflecting a fifth of admissions last winter has shown.

Balram Bhargava, director-general at the Indian Council of Medical Research, pointed out that “breakthrough infections,” where people who had taken the jab were infected, proved to be very rare.

Only between two and four per 10,000 people contracted the virus after taking the vaccine.

Mr Bhargava said: “This is a very small number and not at all worrisome.”

Calum Semple, of the University of Liverpool, who showed the findings to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), welcomed the encouraging findings.

He said: “It’s very good news. This is real world data that vaccination is working better than we could have possibly imagined.”

For the study, the Coronavirus Clinical Characterisation Consortium, a UK body of scientists and doctors, researched 74,405 hospitalisations from September to March.

Of those hospital admissions, 42,788 patients were in hospital since the beginning of the immunisation drive on December 8.

Prof Semple added: “What you see is most [vaccinated] people who are admitted had caught their infection within a week of vaccination, on either side of the vaccination.

“But then there was a sharp drop off in numbers, so that three weeks after they had been vaccinated, we could only count 32 people out of the [almost] 2,000 that’s been vaccinated — and that’s a tiny, tiny number.”

Prof Semple stressed that “after three weeks the vaccination appears to have worked and be preventing 98 percent of serious infection”.

The expert’s report suggested patients could have become ill after taking the jab because they stopped taking as many precautions too soon.

The document added: “Elderly and vulnerable people who had been shielding, may have inadvertently been exposed and infected either through the process of vaccination, or shortly after vaccination through behavioural changes where they wrongly assume they are immune.”

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