While the EU struggles with its own vaccination programme, experts have revealed the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca have been shown to reduce hospitalisation by over 80 percent. In the study by experts from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde and Public Health Scotland compared those who have had their first jab and those who have not. In the fourth week after receiving the first dose, the Pfizer jab was found to reduce hospitalisations by 85 percent while the Oxford vaccine caused a reduction rate of 94 percent.
Following the release of the study, lead professor Aziz Sheikh, director of the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, claimed they are encouraging signs for the future.
Prof Sheikh said: “These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future.
“We now have national evidence – across an entire country – that vaccination provides protection against Covid-19 hospitalisations.”
Dr Jim McMenamin, national Covid-19 incident director at Public Health Scotland, added: “These results are important as we move from expectation to firm evidence of benefit from vaccines.
“Across the Scottish population the results show a substantial effect on reducing the risk of admission to hospital from a single dose of vaccine.
“For anyone offered the vaccine I encourage them to get vaccinated.”
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