UK reveals how long boosters protect from Omicron — Analysis
Covid-19 booster shot provide greater protection against serious disease, however, this can fade within 10 weeks. The UK Health Security Agency announced the announcement amid concerns of post-Christmas lockdowns.
The agency’s data on Omicron in comparison to the previously dominant Delta variant of the virus shows that people infected by the new strain may be up to 70% less likely to end up in a hospital, UKHSA Chief Executive Jenny Harries said on Thursday.
The woman called it “an” “encouraging early signal”But it was noted “this is early data and more research is required to confirm these findings.”
Sajid Javid, Health Secretary, welcomed the results but noted that “cases of the variant continue to rise at an extraordinary rate – already surpassing the record daily number in the pandemic.”
“Hospital admissions are increasing, and we cannot risk the NHS [National Health Service] being overwhelmed,”Javid added.
The original lockdown of 2020 was designed to protect the NHS. It is based upon early models by Professor Neil Ferguson, Imperial College London.
Javid responded to widespread speculation regarding new restrictions that would come after the holidays. “still too early”To tell, and that the government was still continuing to “monitor the data hour by hour.”He encouraged Britons “please stay cautious this Christmas and get your booster as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones.”
“While two doses of the vaccine aren’t enough, we know boosters offer significant protection against the variant and early evidence suggests this strain may be less severe than Delta,”Minister.
UKHSA data revealed that Omicron booster efficacy decreases more quickly than Omicron and it is now 15-25% lower within 10 weeks.
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