Israeli study: Vaccines do not prevent serious cases of Covid-19, but vitamin D does.
"Many people choose vaccination against Covid-19 because health authorities insist that vaccinations reduce the risk of a person contracting a more severe case of the virus.
However, data from Israel show that this may not be the case.
In fact, most severe cases of infection with the virus in one of the largest hospital complexes in the country are found in people who have received at least three doses of the vaccine. This was announced by the head of the coronavirus department of the hospital.
Israel is an interesting place to study this type of data, because it has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world — about 90%. Moreover, many patients from the high-risk group in the country even received a fourth vaccination.
Professor Yaakov Jerris of Tel Aviv's Suraski Medical Center — Ichilov Hospital, the second largest in the country, said that 70 to 80% of the serious cases they are currently seeing are in vaccinated people.
Jerris added, "So the vaccine doesn't matter for severe diseases, so only 20-25 percent of our patients are not vaccinated."
Moreover, despite the high level of vaccination in Israel, more cases of Covid-19 were detected in the country in January this year than in the whole of 2021, the Times of Israel reports.
Last month, preliminary results of a major study in Israel showed that receiving a fourth booster dose of Pfizer's vaccine is only partially effective when it comes to protecting against the Omicron variant. This is consistent with the report of the German government, which states that more than 95% of cases of omicron in this country are vaccinated individuals.
However, Israeli scientists have revealed one very useful information. They say they have received the most convincing evidence that vitamin D supplements can help patients with Covid-19 reduce the risk of serious illness or death.
Using research conducted during the first two waves of the virus in the country, which occurred before vaccines became available, a peer-reviewed study conducted by researchers from the Galilee Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University, showed that the effects of vitamin D were so strong that they could actually predict how well infected patients would live just by looking at their age and vitamin D levels.