Vaccinating children against COVID-19 reduces the risk of hospitalization with Omicron by 68%

(ORDO NEWS) — The results of a new study show that vaccination reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalization of a child by two-thirds compared to unvaccinated children.

Children also get sick with COVID-19 and not always easily. Scientists have shown that vaccination reduced the risk of hospitalization of this group of patients by two-thirds

The study included 1,185 children hospitalized with COVID-19 between July 2021 and February 2022. About 900 teenagers were between the ages of 12 and 18, and the rest were between the ages of 5 and 11. In the older adolescent cohort, 87% of hospitalized patients were unvaccinated, and among children aged 5 to 11 years, 92% were unvaccinated.

The authors of the study calculated that two doses of the mRNA vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 reduced the risk of hospitalization by 68%. When analyzing data from all cohorts, vaccination was found to be 79% effective in preventing severe disease, but only 40% effective in preventing hospitalization.

How vaccination saves children from covid

“Our results support the notion that vaccine-induced immunity attenuates the severity of COVID-19 disease without completely eliminating the risk of breakthrough infections in vaccinated children and adolescents,” the study authors wrote.

“We don’t have earlier data on children, but studies evaluating the course of COVID-19 in vaccinated adults compared to unvaccinated adults showed a similar reduction in disease severity.”

The researchers are making it clear that the study data is still preliminary, as both age groups only received emergency clearance to access vaccinations in mid-to-late 2021.

These data also cover only fully vaccinated children, and boosters are not yet widely used in any of the cohorts. And adult data has shown that three doses of the vaccine appear to be critical for effective protection against the Omicron variant.


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