Israeli study finds 4th vaccination reduces serious disease

April 6, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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A  study has found that the rate of severe disease among people who received the 4th dose of vaccine against Coronavirus was lower by a factor of about 3 compared to people who only received three vaccine doses.

A COVID-19 vaccination is administered at a Maccabi Healthcare Services vaccination centre in Modi’in, on Dec. 24, 2020. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Technion, the Hebrew University, and the Gertner Institute at Sheba Medical Centre.

The protection did not wane throughout the study period.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the effectiveness of the 4th dose based on data of over one million people aged 60 or older who were eligible for the vaccine, in the period between January 10th and March 2nd.

The rate of confirmed infection in those receiving the 4th dose was lower by a factor of about 2 compared to people who only received three doses, but this protection waned throughout the 8-week study period. To avoid possible biases related to differences between those who chose to receive the 4th dose and those who did not, the study also compared the rates of severe disease and confirmed infection among people who received the 4th dose when it became effective, to the rates observed in the first week following the vaccine, during which the vaccine is not yet effective.

This analysis yielded similar results showing enhanced protection conferred by the 4th dose.

With the spread of the Omicron variant and the rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases, Israel approved the administration of a 4th vaccine dose to people aged over 60 years and at-risk populations, and later expanded to younger populations.

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