As the COVID-19 booster shot rollout continues, the overall impact on the infection rate among the over-80 age group has more than halved in just two weeks. The booster’s ability to increase immunity seem to be quicker as epidemiologist Neville Calleja told Times of Malta that the booster’s effect on the elderly was noticeable just a week after it was administered.
The impact of the first doses of the vaccine led to a drop in infections after weeks but the booster seems to be hurrying up the process considerably. The latest figures are indicating how infection rates in different age groups show that in just two weeks, the rate per 100,000 people in the over-80 cohort dropped from 248.97 to just 87.6.
With similar drops indicated in the 65 to 79 age group, the current rate for the age group is also the lowest since mid-July. This was revealed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The rate had been climbing since then and until last week, with authorities blaming the trend on decreasing immunity.
All residents in care homes for the elderly have received their booster dose as the health authorities initiate the process of vaccinating immunocompromised and those over the age of 70.