Analysis of Effectiveness of Ad26.COV2.S Adenoviral Vector Vaccine for COVID-19

November 2 2021

IMPORTANCE - Continuous assessment of the effectiveness and safety of the US Food and Drug Administration–authorized SARS-CoV-2 vaccines is critical to amplify transparency, build public trust, and ultimately improve overall health outcomes. OBJECTIVE - To evaluate the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS - This comparative effectiveness research study used large - scale longitudinal curation of electronic health records from the multi-state Mayo Clinic Health System (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, and Iowa) to identify vaccinated and unvaccinated adults between February 27 and July 22, 2021. The unvaccinated cohort was matched on a propensity score derived from age, sex, zip code, race, ethnicity, and previous number of SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction tests. The final study cohort consisted of 8889 patients in the vaccinated group and 88,898 unvaccinated matched patients. EXPOSURE - Single dose of the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine. MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES - The incidence rate ratio of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the vaccinated vs unvaccinated control cohorts, measured by SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction testing. RESULTS - The study was composed of 8889 vaccinated patients (4491men[50.5%];mean[SD] age, 52.4 [16.9] years) and 88 898 unvaccinated patients (44 748 men [50.3%]; mean [SD] age, 51.7 [16.7] years). The incidence rate ratio of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the vaccinated vs unvaccinated control cohorts was 0.26 (95% CI, 0.20-0.34) (60 of 8889 vaccinated patients vs 2236 of 88,898 unvaccinated individuals), which corresponds to an effectiveness of 73.6% (95% CI, 65.9%-79.9%) and a 3.73-fold reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infections. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE - This study’s findings are consistent with the clinical trial– reported efficacy of Ad26.COV2.S and the first retrospective analysis, suggesting that the vaccine is effective at reducing SARS-CoV-2 infection, even with the spread of variants such as Alpha or Delta that were not present in the original studies, and reaffirm the urgent need to continue mass vaccination efforts globally.


Juan Corchado-Garcia, David Zemmour, Travis Hughes, Hari Bandi, Tudor Cristea-Platon, Patrick Lenehan, Colin Pawlowski, Sairam Bade, John C. O’Horo, Gregory J. Gores, Amy W. Williams, Andrew D. Badley, John Halamka, Abinash Virk, Melanie D. Swift, Tyler Wagner, Venky Soundararajan

nference, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

Mayo Clinic


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