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The first study to describe the effects in real-world communities of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine has been reported in a pre-print publication today, showing a clear reduction in the risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 amongst those who have received the vaccine.

Elderly woman receiving a vaccination

Based on data from 1.14 million vaccinations which have been administered, scientists from the University of Edinburgh have shown that both the BioNtech/Pfizer and Oxford vaccines are highly effective and that by the fourth week after receiving the initial dose shown to reduce the risk of hospitalisation from COVID-19 by up to 85% and 94%, respectively.

They report that by the fourth week after receiving the initial vaccination, those aged 80 years and over were shown to have an 81% reduction in hospitalisation risk, a combined result for data from those vaccinated with either the Oxford or BionTech/Pfizer vaccines.

Read the full story on the University of Oxford website.

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