9m Observational Study Led By New York Dept of Health—Data Points to Targeted Booster Approach

9m Observational Study Led By New York Dept of Health—Data Points to Targeted Booster Approach

Researchers from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH) recently uploaded the results of a study to the preprint server medRxiv. Based on what NYSDH declared was a first-in-the-nation vaccine effectiveness study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August, those study results explored the drivers behind the decline in vaccine effectiveness (“VE”)—that is, were the causes solely attributable to the vaccine(s), the Delta variant, or something else? The study concluded that declines in VE effectiveness for cases could have been triggered by the Delta variant or factors other than immunological waning, such as reduced use of masks. The study team found that VE for hospitalization continued to impress albeit “modest declines” associated with the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) for the elderly (65 years of age and up). The study results supported targeted booster dosing rather than broad-based booster administration.

Dr. Howard Zucker, a senior author and Health Commissioner, reported that this study, led by corresponding author Eli S. Rosenberg with the New York State Department of Health in Albany, is purportedly one of the ...

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