Ronen Arbel, PhD Outcomes Research, Community Medical Services Division Clalit Health Services, Tel Aviv, Israel.  Director, Maximizing Health Outcomes Research Lab Sapir College, Sderot, Israel.

COVID-19: Pfizer Booster Dramatically Reduces Serious Infections in Israeli Study

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Ronen Arbel, PhD Outcomes Research, Community Medical Services Division Clalit Health Services, Tel Aviv, Israel.  Director, Maximizing Health Outcomes Research Lab Sapir College, Sderot, Israel.

Dr. Arbel

Ronen Arbel, PhD
Outcomes Research, Community Medical Services Division
Clalit Health Service
Tel Aviv, Israel
Director, Maximizing Health Outcomes Research Lab
Sapir College, Sderot, Israel. 

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study?

Response: The emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 delta variant and reduced effectiveness over time of the BNT162b2 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech) led to a recent Coronavirus 2019 disease (Covid-19) resurgence in early vaccinated populations.

The Israeli Ministry of Health was the first in the world to approve a third (booster) dose of BNT162b2 to cope with this resurgence.

MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?

Response: In participants at least five months after a second BNT162b2 vaccine, Covid-19 mortality rates were ten-fold lower after a booster vaccine.

MedicalResearch.com: Did the type of vaccine or booster differ in outcomes?

Response: The study was limited to the Pfizer vaccine, the prominent vaccination in Israel.

MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: The booster is essential to protect from Covid-19 death if 5 or months have passed from your second Pfizer vaccine.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: The health authorities should monitor closely the waning immunity of vaccines, and advocate boosters if there is a drop in immunity. 

MedicalResearch.com: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Get boosted- it may save your life. 

Citation: 

Arbel, R., Hammerman, A., Sergienko, R., et al. (2021). BNT162b2 Vaccine Booster and Mortality Due to Covid-19. The New England Journal of Medicine. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa2115624. 

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