A study from Australia found that fully vaccinated people are 16 times less likely to become seriously ill or die from COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, according to a study summary published Tuesday by Bloomberg.
Specifically, the study found that 16 out of 100,000 people who had yet to receive a vaccine dose ended up in intensive care or died from COVID-19, compared with just one in 100,000 people who were fully vaccinated.
The survey was conducted by the Australian government. Australia has used Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines that are widely used in the United States, along with the AstraZeneca vaccine that uses a different technology.
Bloomberg said the study results “add to a growing body of evidence” that while the antibodies resulting from vaccination fade over time, allowing for more breakthrough infections, protection against serious disease remains.
Bloomberg noted that data collected in Texas showed that unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than vaccinated people.
Bloomberg wrote: “Such results are likely to strengthen the case for countries to treat Covid as endemic, causing a mostly mild malaise among those vaccinated. Mass vaccination is alleviating the strain Covid is putting on local health systems, avoiding overcrowded hospitals and rising demand for intensive care and ventilation – all hallmarks of the crisis in many countries during the early days of the pandemic.