A multi-country analysis of COVID-19 hospitalizations by vaccination status.
Gonçalves BP., Jassat W., Baruch J., Hashmi M., Rojek A., Dasgupta A., Martin-Loeches I., Reyes LF., Piubelli C., Citarella BW., Kartsonaki C., Lefèvre B., López Revilla JW., Lunn M., Harrison EM., Kraemer MUG., Shrapnel S., Horby P., Bisoffi Z., Olliaro PL., Merson L., ISARIC Clinical Characterisation Group None.
BackgroundIndividuals vaccinated against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), when infected, can still develop disease that requires hospitalization. It remains unclear whether these patients differ from hospitalized unvaccinated patients with regard to presentation, coexisting comorbidities, and outcomes.MethodsHere, we use data from an international consortium to study this question and assess whether differences between these groups are context specific. Data from 83,163 hospitalized COVID-19 patients (34,843 vaccinated, 48,320 unvaccinated) from 38 countries were analyzed.FindingsWhile typical symptoms were more often reported in unvaccinated patients, comorbidities, including some associated with worse prognosis in previous studies, were more common in vaccinated patients. Considerable between-country variation in both in-hospital fatality risk and vaccinated-versus-unvaccinated difference in this outcome was observed.ConclusionsThese findings will inform allocation of healthcare resources in future surges as well as design of longer-term international studies to characterize changes in clinical profile of hospitalized COVID-19 patients related to vaccination history.FundingThis work was made possible by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and Wellcome (215091/Z/18/Z, 222410/Z/21/Z, 225288/Z/22/Z, and 220757/Z/20/Z); the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1209135); and the philanthropic support of the donors to the University of Oxford's COVID-19 Research Response Fund (0009109). Additional funders are listed in the "acknowledgments" section.