Additional data from the Israel covid-19 vaccination program shows that Pfizer Jab prevents 94% of symptomatic infections.
This suggests that the vaccine is working as well in a larger population as in clinical trials.
According to Prof. Hagai Levine, Public Health Doctor, it has proved to be very effective in preventing serious illnesses and diseases in all age groups.
“The high vaccination rate of the most vulnerable groups” is key, he said.
Israel’s largest health insurance fund, Clalit, checks positive tests on the 600,000 vaccinated people. And the same number of unvaccinated people based on age and health status.
There were 94% fewer infections in the vaccinated group.
It is based on test results in a person’s medical record, usually taken when they have symptoms or are in close contact with someone who tests positive.
And the vaccine prevents almost all cases of serious disease. This pattern is the same across all age groups – including those over 70 who may be underrepresented in clinical trials. The date not officially released.
But it “sends a message to other countries like the UK” about the usefulness of the vaccine, says Prof Levin. And the need for “very high” coverage for the groups most likely to catch the virus.
He said he could not say how much of the population would need to vaccinated before restrictions can be reduced.
“We still don’t know how this will affect the show,” he said.
But we can say that at least “the vaccine is useful for personal protection,” he added.
Impact of vaccine
Prof Eran Segal, who analyzed data from the Israeli Ministry of Health, suggested that Israel should vaccinate 80% of people aged 60+. Before being notified of the impact on Covid-19 cases.
Currently in Israel covid-19 confirmed cases are 731,037 and deaths are 5,417.
Israel is the first country in the world to see the impact of a vaccination program. But it has a sizeable population coverage and takes several weeks to reach this stage.
A larger decline was seen in the 1960s being vaccinated first and in cities that vaccinated their populations earlier, a model not seen in the previous blockade. This provides strong evidence that vaccines are not the only blockades that cause cases.
However, Professor Seagal warned that the decline was slower than expected, likely due to the impact of the British option, which has been the dominant pressure on Israel.
And he warned that even in Israel’s “very fast” vaccination program, there are still tens of thousands of people who are unprotected and could become seriously ill if infected.
“We still have to be very careful about our security devices,” he said, or he could risk being hospitalized.
Israel is experiencing a significant wave of infections and continues to be subject to strict measures. However, everyone over the age of 16 is now entitled to the vaccine. There is hope that at least the education system can open up too.
The country has also criticized who should administer vaccines in the Palestinian territories.
Israel has also recently started transferring several doses to Palestine in the West Bank and Gaza Strip so that first aid vaccinations can begin.
He has now given two full doses to a quarter of the population.