Vaccination and Infection

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in JAMA Network, “regularly screened health care workers who had received 2 doses of the BNT162b2 messenger RNA vaccine were associated with significantly lower incidence rates for both symptomatic and asymptomatic infection. The association between vaccination status and symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection is similar to the 95% efficacy reported in the phase 3 randomized clinical trial. Asymptomatic infections accounted for 38.7% of all cases which is similar to the results reported in other cross-sectional studies” (Association Between Vaccination With BNT162b2 and Incidence of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Health Care Workers by Angel Y, Spitzer A, Henig O, et al.).

Healthcare workers are a higher risk for exposure and infection as opposed to the general population. Simply by the nature of the work we do, we have exposure much more frequently and often to active disease processes. “Among health care workers at a single center in Tel Aviv, Israel, receipt of the BNT162b2 vaccine compared with no vaccine was associated with a significantly lower incidence of symptomatic and asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection more than 7 days after the second dose” (Angel Y, Spitzer A, Henig O, et al.).

If you haven’t been vaccinated, please consider doing so; it can make a huge difference in your health and prevent the spread of asymptomatic infection.

Stay well, mask if appropriate, and stay tuned!