The full effects of Pfizer’s vaccine are only slated to kick in around a month after the first shot, but data from Israel, home to the world’s fastest vaccination drive, has already shown that there is a stark drop in infections even before this point.
Drawing widespread, international interest by sharing early data, Maccabi Healthcare Services reported earlier this month that it has seen a 60% reduction in coronavirus infections three weeks after the first shot is administered. Data reflects that hospitalizations start to fall sharply from Day 18 after people receive the first shot. By day 23, which is two days after the second shot, there is a 60% drop in hospitalizations among vaccinated people aged 60-plus. The new data also supports Maccabi’s earlier claim of a 60% infection rate drop after three weeks, reporting that it saw the same drop with a new sample comprising only the 60-plus age group.
This is great news for everyone, right? As we roll out more vaccine here in the U.S., we should enjoy similar results! The key is to adhere to CDC guidelines, continue to mask, keep socially distancing, wash your hands often, and get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Stay the course, stay well, mask up, get vaccinated, and stay tuned!