Vaccines Dramatically Reduce Long-Term Effects Of Covid-19: Israeli Study

Vaccination with at least two doses reduced the risk of post-Covid symptoms

A new Israeli study shows that vaccination with at least two doses of Pfizer vaccines significantly reduces most of the symptoms patients reported months after contracting Covid-19.

This study shows that eight of the ten most common Covid symptoms were reduced by 50 to 80% in people who received at least two doses of the vaccine.

The study, recently published in the journal Nature npj Vaccineswas led by Professor Michael Edelstein, from the Azrieli School of Medicine at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Nearly 3,500 Israeli adults took part in the study, which was carried out between July and November 2021. They answered a variety of questions about Covid-19 infection, their vaccination status and symptoms experienced.

The researchers compared and studied the responses of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. They found that vaccination with two or more doses of the Pfizer vaccine reduced the risks of the most common post-Covid symptoms reported such as fatigue, headache, limb weakness, muscle aches or shortness of breath.

“We do not fully understand what is happening in the months and years following Covid-19 in terms of physical and mental health and well-being (…) It is increasingly clear that vaccines not only protect against disease but, as the results of this study suggest, against the long-term, sometimes life-changing effects of Covid-19,” says Professor Michael Edelstein.

This study is the first of a project launched by Mr. Edelstein which is intended to follow a large number of people in Israel in order to understand the impact of vaccines on the long-term quality of life, the different variants of Covid and the long Covid symptoms.

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