This is a living post to my blog. Periodically, I will be continuing to post here. Post by Mary Kelly
Data on the second booster dose/fourth shot (taken from Do you need a second booster shot? An epidemiologist scoured the latest research and has some answers by Katelyn Jetelina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Published Wed, April 13, 2022, 8:15 AM (https://www.yahoo.com/news/second-booster-shot-epidemiologist-scoured-121543624.html)
Now that Israel has been delivering a fourth dose for several months, researchers have some data to rely on to assess its effectiveness. There are three studies that have been released so far, one which has not yet been peer-reviewed.
In one study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists assessed the rates of infection and severe illness after a fourth dose – or second booster – among more than a million people ages 60 and older in Israel. The researchers found that after a fourth dose, the rate of COVID-19 infection was two times lower than after a third dose. However, this protection quickly waned after six weeks. They also found the rate of severe disease was four times lower compared to those who received only three doses. It’s important to note, though, that hospitalizations among both groups were very low.
Importantly, another study assessed the effectiveness of a fourth dose among younger health care workers in Israel. The results confirmed that antibody levels dropped significantly five months after the third dose. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the fourth dose was no different from the effectiveness of a third dose in this population of younger health care workers. In other words, there may not be meaningful benefit of a second booster of the same formula for young, healthy populations.
Researchers carried out a third study, one that has not yet been peer-reviewed, at a large health care system in Israel among people aged 60 to 100 years. Among 563,465 patients in the health care system, 58% received a second booster. During the study period, 92 people who received the second booster died compared to 232 people who had only the first booster. In other words, the second booster equated to a 78% reduction in death compared to the first booster alone.” Taken from:Taken from https://www.yahoo.com/news/second-booster-shot-epidemiologist-scoured-121543624.html
More Info on COVID
COVID testing is available in every county within the Southeast Health District. To find information about your nearest testing location, go to https://bit.ly/sehd-covid-testing. For questions or information related, call 855-473-4374 or visit www.sehdph.org (Taken from card received in the mail from DPH (Georgia Department of Public Health. Posted here on 4/14/2022.)