Two doses of Covid vaccine were successful in preventing 95 per cent deaths due to Covid-19 during the second wave whereas deaths were lower by 82 per cent among those inoculated with one dose; the government said citing a study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) among more than 1.2 lakh police personnel, who were at risk of infection.
The study assumes significance as it was conducted during the second wave which was mostly driven by the spread of Delta variant.
The vaccine has proven to be effective against the variant that has been found to be highly transmissible as well as dangerous, resulting in large number of deaths during the second wave.
The findings of the study were presented by NIIT Aayog member health Dr V K Paul on Friday, reiterating the importance of vaccination in preventing severe infection and deaths.
About 1,17,524 police personnel were analysed for the study out of which those unvaccinated were 17,059, while those who received one dose were 32,792 and those fully vaccinated were 67,673.
Findings from the study show the incidence of the death due to Covid-19 was 1.17 per 1000 among those who were unvaccinated, whereas it reduced to 0.21 per 1000 in the group that received one dose of Covid jabs.
The death rate dropped to 0.06 per 1000 among people that are fully vaccinated with two doses pf Covid vaccines. “We would like to reiterate our vaccines are effective and hugely safe” Dr. Paul said.