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  • Writer's pictureKaren McPhail, RN, BSN, MSN, CCM, CDP

How Are Vaccines Holding Up Against COVID Infection - the Recent Statistics May Surprise you!

Data presented this week to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices breaks explains more about how vaccine protection is holding up in real life against an infection by the Omicron coronavirus variant that causes symptoms.

If you received:

  • Two doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine - 30% effective between two and four months after your shots.

  • One dose of Johnson & Johnson and one dose of an mRNA shot from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, your vaccines are 55% effective between months 2 and 4.

  • Three doses of an mRNA shot, your vaccines are 63% effective between months 2 and 4.

  • After five months, boosters offer almost no protection against Omicron infection, according to data from the UK’s Health Security Agency.

“People get confused—or they think something is wrong—when guidance changes with COVID-19, but we have to remember that we are learning about this as we go.”

— Albert Shaw, MD, PhD, Yale Medicine infectious diseases expert.

So that being said additional boosters are clearly something that will need to be considered along with continued masking. Along the way continue to monitor data and reach out with questions to make the most prudent health choices.

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