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  • A new study claims that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was highly effective in keeping teens out of the hospital for COVID-19.
  • The study analyzed over 1,200 hospitalized teens.
  • Researchers found the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 94 percent effective in keeping kids out of the hospital and 98 percent effective at keeping them out of an ICU or off life support.

Almost all teens who contracted COVID-19 and needed intensive care as a result of the virus were unvaccinated, according to a study that analyzed over 1,200 hospital patients.  

All of the patients studied in the peer-reviewed study were between the ages of 12 and 18, were hospitalized across 23 states and had received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine if they had been vaccinated at all.  

Of  those patients, 299 were fully vaccinated, 55 were partially vaccinated and 868 were unvaccinated, according to the study which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday.  


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Not all the patients used for the study were hospitalized for COVID-19; researchers used 777 patients who were sent to an ICU for non-COVID related illnesses, as a control group, the study notes.  

The additional 445 patients were hospitalized for intensive care treatment after contracting the virus and out of those people, 427 -- or 96 percent -- were unvaccinated.  

Another 17 patients who had been hospitalized for COVID-19 were fully vaccinated and one was partially vaccinated.  

Researchers concluded that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine prevented 94 percent of COVID-19 related hospitalizations and was 98 percent effective at keeping patients out of ICUs or from needing life support, according to the study.  


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Published on Jan 13, 2022