- “Many people have been infected between the first and second injections of the vaccine,” Nachman Ash told Army Radio.
Ash — who is considered to be Israel’s version of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S. — said the first dose is “less effective than we thought” and “lower than (the data) presented by Pfizer.”
- However, two doses of the Pfizer vaccine offer 95% protection against COVID-19, according to recent research.
More than 2.1 million people have received the first dose in Israel so far. Close to 423,000 people have received the second dose, according to Army Radio. Israel has been considered one of the best places so far for distribution.
Utah doctors agree
University of Utah Health Division of Infectious Diseases associate professor Dr. Emily Spivak told the Deseret News Tuesday that people can get infected after the first vaccine dose and may spread it after the second dose.
- “The whole point of the second dose is to boost the sort of the amount of antibody and the amount of immunity that you have and hopefully the length. We just don’t even know how long the protection is after two doses,” Spivak said.
She said plenty of people were infected after their first dose.
- “Whether that was because they let their guard down, hard to know. But I would definitely really caution people between the first and second dose, to really presume that you have no protection, probably. You want to be careful even after the second dose until we can get the whole population vaccinated,” she said.