New study says Pfizer Covid vaccine may not be very effective on obese people
London, March 2, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Covid vaccine from Pfizer could be less effective when used on obese people, a new study has found.
Italian scientists tested the number of antibodies generated by healthcare workers who had been given two doses of Pfizer jab. Those who were severely obese only generated half the number of antibodies, compared to healthy people.
With overweight people one of the groups at a higher risk of developing severe disease from Covid, the findings may alarm officials in charge of the vaccine rollout.
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In the study, 248 participants received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Scientists analysed their blood for levels of antibodies seven days after the second dose was administered.
Results showed that 99.5% of participants had some antibody response, but it was considerably lower on average among those classified as obese.
But it’s thought only 26 of those in the study were obese, which is considered to be too small for firm conclusions to be formed without further research.
Researcher Aldo Venuti wrote: ‘Since obesity is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality for patients with Covid-19, it is mandatory to plan an efficient vaccination programme in this subgroup.
People with a BMI of over 40 are included in priority group six of the first phase of the scheme and are just starting to be invited to receive their jabs after all those aged 65 and over are inoculated.
But the Italian study, run by the Rome-based Istituti Fisioterapici Ospitalieri, only used a small sample size and it’s thought more research is needed to better understand the link between the jab and weight.
It’s long been established that there is a link between vaccine effectiveness and obesity. Those with a BMI of over 30 are likely to have immune systems that are constantly inflamed, meaning it functions less effectively.
Previous research has shown that the flu vaccine is only around half as effective when given to severely obese people.
Around a third of adults in England and nearly 40% in the US are considered to be obese.