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COVID vaccines halved infection in kids during winter, Israeli study finds

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The world’s largest study on COVID vaccines and kids has found that they halved the risk of COVID infection during Israel’s winter wave.

The authors characterized this result as “moderate” protection — a far cry from the very high level of protection vaccines initially provided, but much better that some earlier estimations that suggested that vaccines were giving children just 12% protection against infection with newer strains.

The newly peer-reviewed study, led by Clalit Healthcare Services, one of Israel’s four healthcare providers, compared COVID records of 94,728 Pfizer-vaccinated children and the same number of unvaccinated children with similar age and health profiles. All children in the study, conducted at the height of Israel’s winter wave, were aged 5 to 11.

Researchers found that during the two weeks after children’s second dose kicked in, they had 51% protection against becoming infected. Protection against infection with symptoms was 48%.

“I think 48% to 51% is still pretty high,” Prof. Ben........

© The Times of Israel

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