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Verify: Does the Pfizer vaccine protect from the Delta COVID Variant?

With news the Delta variant of COVID-19 is also spreading in Shelby County will the vaccines still work against it?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Our Verify question: Does the Pfizer vaccine protect you from the COVID Delta variant?

Our sources: Infectious disease doctor, Shirin Mazumder of Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare and a study published in the Lancet, a weekly medical journal.

"There was a study that came out recently that showed that individuals that had received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine had about 33-percent protection level against the Delta variant. That number went up significantly after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to about 88-percent," said Mazumder.

The Lancet medical journal cites a recent scientific study showing much the same thing.

"Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 hospitalization in people with the Delta VOC," as written in the report.

So, we can verify that people who are fully immunized with 2 shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are around 90-percent protected from the virus.