Vaccination against COVID-19 works. So far, only 0.06% of people have contracted the disease two weeks after having received the second dose
Data held by the Ministry of Health and the Institute of Health Information and Statistics shows that vaccination against COVID-19 is very effective in protecting people against subsequently contracting the disease, in particular against a severe course of the disease. Only 4,030 cases of infection have so far been registered after the application of the 2nd dose in 3,868,252 people who have been vaccinated. Fourteen days after application of the second dose, infection was only proven in 0.06% of people who have been vaccinated with both doses.
“The data clearly shows how important vaccination is. The likelihood of becoming infected after vaccination drops fundamentally and in particular reduces the likelihood of experiencing a severe course of the COVID-19 disease. The number of people who contracted the disease after vaccination represents an extremely negligible share of all newly confirmed cases of the disease,” said Adam Vojtěch, Minister of Health. The need for hospitalisation in the event of a mild course of the disease was reported in only approx. 0.01% of people who have been vaccinated 14 days after the 2nd dose, the number of people who suffered a severe course of the disease was even less.
No vaccine can protect 100% of the population. However, data does clearly show that the number of people who do contract the disease as compared to the number of people vaccinated are very small fractions of a percent. If the infection occurs before or shortly after vaccination, the vaccination cannot yet protect the person. “We can see in the data that a large proportion of infections detected after vaccination occurred very soon after vaccination. This means that they occurred in the window of time when the vaccinated person could not yet be protected,” explained Ladislav Dušek, Director of the Institute of Health Information and Statistics. However, even including these infections detected shortly after vaccination, only 1.59% of the cases occurred after the first dose and 0.10% after the second dose. This is one of the reasons why the Ministry of Health has set a deadline of 14 days after the date of the second dose of vaccination for a person to be deemed infection-free.
“Apart from the general population, healthcare workers are also an ideal group for monitoring the risk of infection after vaccination. This is the occupational group with the highest vaccination rate (more than 70%), exposed to the disease during the course of their work and at the same time a group which is very closely monitored. And it is precisely among healthcare workers that we are seeing an extremely marked reduction in the number of infections after the 2nd dose. From the group of 272,824 healthcare workers monitored, only 0.18% of them tested positive after having received it,” emphasised Ladislav Dušek.
Progress in vaccination has also resulted in a substantial reduction in the burden on hospitals. The numbers of hospitalised patients have been at a minimum for several weeks now and the available bed capacity, including ICU beds, is increasing. To date, there are 25 people hospitalised with COVID-19, of which 8 are in the ICU.