Department of Emergency Medicine
Epidemiology | Immunoprophylaxis and Therapy | Immunotherapy | Infectious Disease | Microbiology | Virus Diseases
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health care personnel (HCP) have been at high risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through patient interactions and community exposure (1). The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended prioritization of HCP for COVID-19 vaccination to maintain provision of critical services and reduce spread of infection in health care settings (2). Early distribution of two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) to HCP allowed assessment of the effectiveness of these vaccines in a real-world setting. A test-negative case-control study is underway to evaluate mRNA COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness (VE) against symptomatic illness among HCP at 33 U.S. sites across 25 U.S. states. Interim analyses indicated that the VE of a single dose (measured 14 days after the first dose through 6 days after the second dose) was 82% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 74%-87%), adjusted for age, race/ethnicity, and underlying medical conditions. The adjusted VE of 2 doses (measured > /=7 days after the second dose) was 94% (95% CI = 87%-97%). VE of partial (1-dose) and complete (2-dose) vaccination in this population is comparable to that reported from clinical trials and recent observational studies, supporting the effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines against symptomatic disease in adults, with strong 2-dose protection.
COVID-19 pandemic, health care personnel, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, vaccine effectiveness, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, mRNA
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Pilishvili T, Fleming-Dutra KE, Farrar JL, Gierke R, Mohr NM, Talan DA, Krishnadasan A, Harland KK, Smithline HA, Hou PC, Lee LC, Lim SC, Moran GJ, Krebs E, Steele M, Beiser DG, Faine B, Haran JP, Nandi U, Schrading WA, Chinnock B, Henning DJ, LoVecchio F, Nadle J, Barter D, Brackney M, Britton A, Marceaux-Galli K, Lim S, Phipps EC, Dumyati G, Pierce R, Markus TM, Anderson DJ, Debes AK, Lin M, Mayer J, Babcock HM, Safdar N, Fischer M, Singleton R, Chea N, Magill SS, Verani J, Schrag S; Vaccine Effectiveness Among Healthcare Personnel Study Team. Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Among Health Care Personnel - 33 U.S. Sites, January-March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 May 21;70(20):753-758. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7020e2. PMID: 34014909; PMCID: PMC8136422. Link to article on publisher's site
MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report
Pilishvili T, Haran JP, Vaccine Effectiveness Among Healthcare Personnel Study Team, Volturo GA. (2021). Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Among Health Care Personnel - 33 U.S. Sites, January-March 2021. COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7020e2. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/covid19/269