Clalit HMO: 94% drop in symptomatic infections in vaccinated people

A new study by Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit, shows a 94% drop in symptomatic infections in people vaccinated for coronavirus, and a 92% drop in serious illness among those who do fall ill.

The study reviewed 600,000 people who’ve received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and compared them to 600,000 people not yet vaccinated. The study compared vaccinated individuals to unvaccinated ones with similar medical characteristics, allowing a very detailed examination of the vaccine’s effect, the HMO says.

It shows the vaccine is as effective in people over 70 as it is in younger individuals.

The study follows one by the Maccabi HMO published last week that showed that of half a million people vaccinated with both doses of the Pfizer vaccine, only 544 people — or 0.1% — were subsequently diagnosed with coronavirus, only four suffered severe illness, and none died.

A woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Safed on February 14, 2021 (David Cohen/Flash90)

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