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Italy says 99 percent of Covid deaths weren’t fully vaccinated

Almost 99 percent of people who have died of Covid in Italy since February this year hadn't fully completed the vaccination cycle, the Higher Health Institute (ISS) reported on Tuesday.

Italy says 99 percent of Covid deaths weren't fully vaccinated
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In a study by Italy’s public health body on Covid-related deaths over the past six months, it was also revealed that deaths among those fully vaccinated were older on average than those who died without completing the vaccination cycle.

The figure stands at 88.6 years of age versus 80.

In the ISS’s periodic report on deaths, those dying from Covid-19 while fully vaccinated also had more pre-existing health problems, according to the findings.

The ISS gives two possible explanations for the results.

“Very elderly patients with numerous diseases may have a reduced immune response and therefore be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and its complications despite having been vaccinated,” stated the report.

And secondly, they pointed to the fact that priority for vaccination was given to the oldest and most vulnerable people.

(Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

That means this section of the population had the highest vaccination coverage when they performed the study.

Up until July 21st, there were 423 SARS-COV-2 positive deaths in those who had a “complete vaccination cycle”, representing 1.2 percent of all Covid positive deaths since February 1st.

Out of those 423, the ISS sampled 70 medical records and found that the average number of underlying health problems among those vaccinated was 5.0, compared with 3.7 in unvaccinated Covid deaths.

There were a total of 35,776 deaths from the virus in the timeframe of the study.

Recent data from the ISS indicated that the vaccine is over 70 percent effective in preventing infection in those who have had only one of two doses, which increases to above 88 percent for those who are fully vaccinated.

The figures come after Italy announced an extension to its ‘green pass‘, which means from next month, it will be mandatory to show a certificate to enter most venues and sites across Italy.

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The document will prove that the holder has been vaccinated against Covid, tested negative for the virus within the past 48 hours or has recovered from it within the previous six months.

More than 33 million copies of Italy’s Covid health pass have already been downloaded, emergency commissioner Figliuolo told reporters on Monday.

Since the announcement, protests have spread across Italy in opposition to the move, but meanwhile, Italian authorities have noticed a surge in bookings again.

Some 31 million people, making over 57 percent of the population over 12 years old, have now been fully vaccinated, according to the latest government figures.

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COVID-19 VACCINES

Covid vaccines halved Italy’s death toll, study finds

Italy's Covid-19 vaccination campaign prevented some 150,000 deaths, slashing the country's death toll by almost half, the national health institute (ISS) said on Wednesday.

Covid vaccines halved Italy's death toll, study finds

Vaccines also prevented eight million cases of Covid-19, over 500,000 hospitalisations, and more than 55,000 admissions to intensive care, the ISS said in a press release announcing the publication of its report.

The report covers the period between December 27th, 2020, when the vaccination campaign began, and January 31st of this year, using a methodology initially developed for flu vaccines.

It said 72 percent of deaths avoided from the disease were among over-80s, 19 percent in the 70-79 range, 7 percent in the 60-69 range and 3 percent under 60.

Italy has been one of the countries worst affected by the  pandemic, with more than 160,000 deaths reported since February 2020, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain.

To date, almost 90 percent of the population over the age of 12 has been fully vaccinated, as well as just over 34 percent of children aged five to eleven.

Italy on Tuesday began offering a fourth dose of an anti-Covid 19 vaccine to those deemed at highest risk from the disease, including over-80s and care home residents.

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