Covid vaccines work yet again

No idea if any new study convinces even one vaccine holdout to get one of those damn coronavirus vaccines, so writing about new studies that show vaccine effectiveness is probably just gonna be read by those who have already been vaccinated, in other words, this item is likely only preaching to the already religious.

However, on the off-chance that a not-yet-vaccinated person does read this, please note that several studies out this week underline what other studies have long ago established, namely that coronavirus vaccines do one hell of a good job at keeping vaccinated people out of the hospital, and if they don’t have to go to hospital, they obviously have a much lower risk than non-vaccinated people of requiring ICU care and especially of dying from this virus.

The most noted study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that the 2-dose mRNA vaccines were

  • 89 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 91 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 emergency department or urgent care visits
  • 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19 intensive care unit admission

There is, of course, as expected, a drop-off in effectiveness with age and co-morbidities (that’s true for every intervention I can think of) but a fully-vaccinated senior still has a way better chance of making it through this without requiring hospitalization (or dying) than a non-vaccinated senior.

And although it remains true, thankfully, that younger people are less likely to get very sick with Covid than older people, still, it also remains true that given that nearly everywhere most seniors have bought into the program, its mainly younger people who are suffering from a highly preventable illness who are filling those oh-so-valuable ICU beds and consequently blocking other sick people from getting the care they require.