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COVID vaccines averted infection in 10% of patient-facing healthcare staff during second wave


Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The rapid COVID-19 vaccine rollout from December 2020 averted infection in a large proportion of NHS hospital workers in England during the second wave of the pandemic, suggests research published by The BMJ today.

Without the vaccine rollout , which prioritized frontline healthcare workers , an extra 10% of all patient facing hospital workers would have been infected—and staff absence due to COVID-19 could have been 69% higher.

What’s more, the odds of infection increased by 2% every day a healthcare worker went without vaccination.

Another study published by The BMJ today compared the effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines against infection in 317,341 health and social care workers in England vaccinated between 4 January and 28 February 2021.

Using data from the OpenSAFELY research platform, the results show strong protection from both vaccines and no substantial differences between the two vaccines in rates of infection or COVID-19 related hospital attendance and admission.

Together, these findings provide essential insights into SARS-CoV-2 infection in health and social care workers that can be used to guide further infection prevention and control measures .Healthcare workers were among the first groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from December 2020. During rollout, coverage […]

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