New and early studies from the UK are now showing that a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine is key to protecting against the Omicron variant.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government of the United Kingdom said in a meeting with the government’s emergency committee that, “Action is absolutely required, and as new data comes in, we will consider what action we do require to take in the face of that data.” This meeting came after 448 new cases of the Omicron variant were confirmed in the UK last week.
The analysis of the booster shot is coming on limited data considering how new the variant is, however, early data suggests a third dose of the vaccines provide a 75% protection against covid symptoms. It is estimated that the Omicron cases are doubling every two to three days. Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at the UK Health Security Agency said, “These early estimates should be treated with caution, but they indicate that a few months after the second jab, there is a greater risk of catching the Omicron variant compared to Delta strain.”
She continued, “We expect the vaccines to show higher protection against the serious complications of COVID-19, so if you haven’t yet had your first two doses, please book an appointment straight away.”
Officials in the UK are now advising people to change their Christmas party plans as they expect there could be more than 100,000 cases of the new variant by the end of the month.
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