Norway’s FHI: Those who are fully vaccinated have a shorter length of stay in hospitals

Sara WatlePhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Fully vaccinated people have a shorter length of stay in hospital and a lower risk of having to be treated in the intensive care unit, according to a study from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI).

“This is useful and important knowledge for the hospitals in the work of planning patient treatment and capacity in a time of increasing infection,” Sara Viksmoen Watle, chief physician at the FHI, noted.

The study also shows the effect of corona vaccination. Although some fully vaccinated people become seriously ill and end up in the hospital, the course of the disease is often shorter and less serious than among the unvaccinated.

Watle points out that the majority of the population in Norway has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Thus, it is natural that an increasing proportion of hospitalized patients have been vaccinated.

“However, it is still the case that the risk of getting serious COVID-19 disease among adults is significantly higher if you are unvaccinated,” she said.

Study details

The study looked at hospital stays for corona patients in the period between February 1 and September 30, 2021, the risk of ending up in intensive care, and mortality rates.

A total of 2,361 patients were included in the study, where 70 (3%) were partially vaccinated, and 183 (8%) were fully vaccinated.

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