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COVID vaccine data skewed by Delta and end of social distancing, NY health department study says

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Drops within the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines over the summer time have been possible the end result of the dominant Delta variant and loosening social distancing efforts, a New York health department study suggests.

Factors like fewer individuals sporting masks have been prone to blame and not “waning immunity,” stated the Department of Health study, launched Monday.

“This latest study conducted by our renowned scientists here at DOH is the largest to examine in-depth changes in vaccine effectiveness over time broken down by all three COVID-19 Drops in the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines over the summer were likely the result of the dominant Delta variant and loosening social distancing efforts.vaccines types currently authorized for use in the United States,” Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in a statement.

“It clearly demonstrates what we’ve been saying all along – getting a COVID-19 vaccine continues to be the best way out of this pandemic, and the best way for New Yorkers to prevent serious illness and hospitalization. We urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant and get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not already done so.”

The statewide study in contrast unvaccinated individuals with others who received jabbed with both the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson vaccines from January to April. It analyzed new COVID instances and pandemic-related hospitalizations from May by August of this yr.

healthcare worker administers a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
Factors like fewer individuals sporting masks have been prone to blame.
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The study, which has not been licensed by peer evaluation, included 8.8 million New Yorkers and broke down data by age group, kind of vaccine and when individuals have been inoculated. Over the time of the study, there have been greater than 155,000 new instances and over 14,000 hospitalizations throughout New York, the study stated.

It discovered that the vaccines have been 86 p.c efficient for individuals 18-64 years previous.

Pfizer’s vaccine effectiveness towards hospitalizations for individuals 65 and up dropped from May to August from 95 p.c to 89.2 p.c, in response to the study. Moderna dropped from 97.2 p.c to 94.1 p.c over the identical span. J&J dropped from 85.5 p.c to 82.8 p.c, in response to the data.

A fashionist holds up her vaccination card as she tries to attend a New York Fashion Week's event at Spring Studios in New York on September 8, 2021.
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The study concludes there are “modest declines” restricted to Pfizer and Moderna of individuals older than 65, which it says indicated help for booster pictures.

Researchers noticed “limited evidence of a decline in effectiveness against severe disease” for individuals between 18 and 64, lead study creator Eli Rosenberg stated in an announcement.

“While we did observe early declines in effectiveness against infections for this age group, this appears to have leveled off when the Delta variant became the predominant strain in New York,” he stated. “Together, this suggests that ongoing waning protection may be less of a current concern for adults younger than 65 years.”

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker made an announcement concerning the study, which has not been licensed by peer evaluation.
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The drop in effectivity for Pfizer’s vaccine for newly reported infections was 24.6 p.c for individuals between 18 and 49 years previous, the study stated. It was -19.1 p.c for the 50-64 age group and -14.1 for 65 and up, the study stated.

Moderna customers of the identical age group over the identical interval noticed declines of as much as 18 p.c for 18 to 49-year-olds, -11.6 p.c for 50 to 64-year-olds and 9 p.c for these 65 and up.

The Janssen vaccines noticed – 19.2 p.c within the 19-49 age group, -10.8 p.c for these 50-64 and -10.9 p.c for these 65 and older, in response to the data.

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