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Covid-19: First doses of vaccines in Scotland led to a substantial fall in hospital admissions

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n523 (Published 22 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n523

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  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Rollout of the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines has led to a substantial fall in severe covid-19 cases requiring hospital admission in Scotland, suggest the results of the first study to report on the impact of the UK’s vaccination strategy.1

The results, available as a preprint, showed that four weeks after the first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech and Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines were administered the risk of hospitalisation from covid-19 fell by up to 85% (95% confidence interval 76 to 91) and 94% (95% CI 73 to 99), respectively.

The researchers from universities across Scotland and Public Health Scotland told a Science Media Centre press briefing on 22 February that their results were “very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future.” But emphasised that the study …

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