Moderna, Pfizer cut COVID-19 hospitalization risk by 94%: researchers at CDC

A small study shows that older Americans who are fully vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna shots are at lesser risk to be hospitalized for COVID-19, compared to unvaccinated people of the same age group. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), their risk has dropped by 94%.

Partially vaccinated people, two weeks post the first dose, cut their risk of hospitalization by 64%.

As per researchers at CDC, “The findings suggested that SARS-CoV-2 vaccines can reduce the risk of COVID-19 – associated hospitalization and, as a consequence of preventing severe COVID-19, vaccines might have an impact on post-COVID conditions and deaths.”

Findings posted on Wednesday were on the basis of studying 417 people over the age of 65, including 230 who tested negative and 187 who tested positive, spanning 24 hospitals in over a dozen states. The proportion of the vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer were almost similar (47% and 53%).

“COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and these real-world findings confirm the benefits seen in clinical trials, preventing hospitalization among those most vulnerable. The results are promising for our communities and our hospitals,” stated Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director.

Different results on the vaccine roll-out in Israel indicated that Pfizer dropped symptomatic COVID-19 by 94%.

President Biden while addressing the CDC’s updated guidelines, noted that over 67% of adults over the age of 65 are fully vaccinated, and more than 80% have received at least one dose.