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COVID-19 vaccines have reduced the risk of hospital admissions by up to 94 per cent in Scotland, new research suggests.
Four weeks after receiving the first dose, the Oxford and Pfizer jabs appear to have reduced people’s risk of hospital admissions by up to 94 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.
To obtain these findings, researchers analysed the entire Scottish population of 5.4 million, comparing people who have had the first jab and those who have not.
The research, published yesterday, was carried out by experts from the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Aberdeen, Glasgow and St Andrew’s and Public Health Scotland.
Lead researcher Professor Aziz Sheikh said: “These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future.
“We now have national evidence — across an entire country — that vaccination provides protection against Covid-19 hospitalisations.”
Between December 8 and February 15, 1.14m vaccines have been administered in Scotland, 21 per cent of the population.
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