Initial assessment of the COVID-19 vaccination's impact on case numbers, hospitalisations and deaths in people aged 80 years and older, 15 EU/EEA countries, December 2020 to May 2021.

Nicolay N, Innocenti F, Beauté J, Učakar V, Grgič Vitek M, Poukka E, Hannila-Handelberg T, Gauci C, Melillo T, Georgakopoulou T, Jarkovsky J, Slezak P, Delgado-Sanz C, Olmedo-Lucerón C, Suija H, Liausediene R, O'Lorcain P, Murphy N, Peralta-Santos A, Casaca P, Gregoriou I, Bundle N, Spiteri G, Ravasi G

Euro Surveill 26 (48) - [2021-12-00; online 2021-12-04]

Prioritisation of elderly people in COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at reducing severe outcomes in this group. Using EU/EEA surveillance and vaccination uptake, we estimated the risk ratio of case, hospitalisation and death notifications in people 80 years and older compared with 25-59-year-olds. Highest impact was observed for full vaccination uptake 80% or higher with reductions in notification rates of cases up to 65% (IRR: 0.35; 95% CI: 0.13-0.99), hospitalisations up to 78% (IRR: 0.22; 95% CI: 0.13-0.37) and deaths up to 84% (IRR: 0.16; 95% CI: 0.13-0.20).

Category: Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 34857068

DOI 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.48.2101030

Crossref 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2021.26.48.2101030

pmc: PMC8641072

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