Covid Vaccine: 1st Dose 96.6% effective in preventing death, 2nd Dose 97.5%

One dose of vaccine is 96.6 per cent effective in preventing death and two doses are 97.5 per cent effective, the government said today, citing data between April and August.

“Vaccination is the most important shield against the virus,” said VK Paul, who heads the Covid task force and is a member(Health) of NITI Aayog.

The government said breakthrough infections – or infections among the fully vaccinated – do happen, but asserted that they “do not result in mortality” and account for an extremely low level of hospitalization.