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Impact on COVID-19 hospitalisation rates of Maltese elderly following achievement of 70% first dose vaccine coverage.
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  • Michael Borg,
  • David Suda,
  • Andre Brincat,
  • Steve Agius,
  • Christopher Fearne
Michael Borg
University of Malta Medical School
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David Suda
University of Malta
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Andre Brincat
Mater Dei Hospital
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Steve Agius
Mater Dei Hospital
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Christopher Fearne
Mater Dei Hospital
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Abstract

We studied COVID-19 hospitalisation rates in elderly Maltese residents, aged 80 years and older, after national attainment of 70% first-dose coverage of COVID-19 vaccine in this age cohort. The milestone resulted in almost 50% reduction of hospital admissions, as confirmed by time series modelling using national SARS-CoV-2 infection rates as the comparator. The reduction was not seen in younger, as yet unvaccinated, age groups, where hospital admissions actually increased during the same period following a third wave of infections.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

23 Jul 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
23 Jul 2021Assigned to Editor
23 Jul 2021Submission Checks Completed
22 Aug 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
24 Sep 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending