A new report on COVID-19 in Ontario has found that vaccines are “highly effective” against catching infection, and especially against hospitalization due to the disease.
Report, released Tuesday afternoon by the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, found that non-vaccinated individuals are seven times more likely to catch COVID-19, in hospital, than those who are fully vaccinated 25 times more likely to be admitted and 60 times more likely to be. in ICU due to illness
“There are very few things in medicine that I have seen in my career that are protective in the way that these vaccines are protective against a serious disease,” said Dr. Fahad Razak, member of the Science Advisory Table and internal medicine physician. At St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
Charts released by Science Table show an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations among non-vaccinated people during the fourth wave of COVID-19 in Ontario, while the rate of positive cases and, in particular, by people who were vaccinated Hospitalization and ICU use remain relatively constant over time.
“What the data shows now in Ontario is that vaccines are highly protective against COVID-19,” Razak said. “And you can see that effect in three categories.”
While there are fully vaccinated individuals in hospitals and ICUs — 40 as of Wednesday morning, according to provincial data — it’s a relatively rare occurrence given how many people have been vaccinated, Razak said.
“We’re a population of about 15 million people in Ontario. So in that large population, sometimes there will be individuals who still end up in the hospital who are vaccinated,” he said. The probability is 25 times less.
As a physician, he has taken care of COVID-19 patients in the hospital during the pandemic.
“Starting wave three, I personally did not take care of a single patient in the hospital with COVID-19 who was fully vaccinated. I was only taking care of illiterate patients,” Razak said.
The report also noted that, in general, case numbers are declining in Ontario, and attributed this effect to increased vaccination rates as well as public health measures such as mask mandates.
Razak said he cannot stress enough the importance of vaccination.
“In medicine, in almost every therapy we give, we talk about risks and benefits,” he said. “This is an example with these vaccines where the benefits astronomically outweigh the risks.”
Razak acknowledged that there are some individuals who will have an adverse reaction to the vaccine, but this is “extremely rare”.
“And we’re talking about a vaccine that’s been given to more than five billion people globally and that’s been looked at and evaluated very carefully, looking for side effects,” he said.
“On the other hand, this data in Ontario and the data we are seeing from around the world shows how protective these vaccines are.”
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