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Israeli study shows 4th COVID shot cuts death risk by 72% among elderly

A 95-year-old woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Rehovot, January 10, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)
A 95-year-old woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Rehovot, January 10, 2022. (Yossi Aloni/Flash90)

A new study by Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University and the Health Ministry finds that a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is effective in protecting senior citizens living in care homes from the effects of COVID.

The study among approximately 40,000 Israelis living in Health Ministry-supervised institutions shows that elderly people who received a 4th dose have a 34% reduced risk of contracting the Omicron variant, a 64-67% reduced risk of being hospitalized due to COVID, and a 72% reduced risk of death from the virus.

According to the professors who oversaw the study, it compared 24,088 residents of care facilities who received four doses of the Pfizer vaccine with 19,687 residents who received just three shots of the vaccination to determine its conclusions.

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