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Older men most at risk from post-COVID vaccination death

Post-COVID vaccination deaths are most common in men aged over 80 with certain other health conditions a new study has found.

The study, Characterisation and Risk of COVID-19 related Death in Fully Vaccinated People in Scotland, shows that people who have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine are far better protected against death from the virus than those who are unvaccinated, however, there are certain characteristics which can make people more vulnerable. The research is published in medical journal, The Lancet.

Of the 3.2 million people who had received two vaccine doses in Scotland by 18 August 2021, 236 had died with COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on their death certificate. Of these, the majority were around 80 years of age and 62 per cent were male.

Alongside COVID-19, 97 per cent of the group had at least one other cause listed on their death certificate. The most common being chronic heart or kidney disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and/or a fast or irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation).

Highlighting the  protective value of vaccination for self and for others,  Dr Josie Murray, consultant at Public Health Scotland, noted that double vaccinated adults aged 65-79 experience 15.5 times greater protection against death than their unvaccinated peers, and for adults over 80, this increased to 30 times higher.

Advising caution for those found to be more susceptible, Professor Aziz Sheikh, University of Edinburgh, said: “No vaccine is 100% effective and it is therefore very important that those at risk come forward for their booster vaccine doses when invited to do so.”


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