AstraZeneca vaccine effective for all adults, study finds

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – A fourth COVID-19 vaccine may be on the horizon for Americans.

According to a long-awaited study released Monday by AstraZeneca, their vaccine option provided strong protections for all adults.

Chattanooga-based pulmonary specialist Dr. Mike Czarnecki says that from what he can tell, the vaccine is a viable option for those hoping to get their shot.

“Essentially their data shows that it’s about 79 percent effective for preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease across the board and then it’s 100 percent effective for preventing hospitalizations and death,” he says.

But some medical professionals have other concerns. With nearly 1-in-3 Americans saying they won’t get the COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Jay Sizemore with Erlanger says that the demand for the vaccine might hit a plateau.

“What I’m worried about as the supply continues to increase, my grave concern is just that the demand may be plateauing. So I think that we need to continue to reach out to our individual communities, there’s a pretty big anti-vaxx movement,” cautions Dr. Sizemore.

If granted emergency authorization by the FDA, AstraZeneca could deliver up to 30 million doses within the first month of distribution.

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