October 22, 2021

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Austria: There is a slight increase in the number of vaccinated in hospital in the intensive care unit

This trend may indicate lower vaccination efficacy in certain populations.

In Austria, the number of hospitalized vaccinated patients in intensive care units (ICUs) is slightly increasing. It follows from an internal document called the Traffic Lights Commission for Monitoring the Epidemiological Situation in the Country, and is available to the American Psychological Association.

At present, 17 percent of patients have been vaccinated with two-dose vaccines in a row. Single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Up to 31 percent of these patients are on regular wards. This trend may indicate a decrease in the effectiveness of vaccination in certain populations over time, the document said.

In this context, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) stated that a cohort study on this topic should be completed soon. However, there are already clear indications that the single-dose regimen is significantly less effective. Therefore, the Committee on Immunizations recently recommended to Johnson & Johnson that booster doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines be started as soon as possible.

Regarding the age structure of people in intensive care units, data from Gesundheit Österreich GmbH show that most of them belong to the age group from 30 to 59 years.

During the past 24 hours, there were 1,416 new cases of coronavirus in Austria. This figure does not include cases from Vienna where there were technical problems in their handling. So far, 11,021 people have died as a result of the infection. At present, 840 people are undergoing treatment in hospital, of whom 219 are in intensive care units.

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