UK says booster shots still protecting older people against Omicron COVID-19 variant

7/1/2022 10:44:00 PM

UK says booster shots still protecting older people against Omicron COVID-19 variant

UK says booster shots still protecting older people against Omicron COVID-19 variant

LONDON: Booster jabs are continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease from the Omicron coronavirus variant among older adults and there is no need for now for people to have a fourth shot, British health officials said on Friday (Jan 7). Around three months after receiving a third

LinkedIn LONDON: Booster jabs are continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease from the Omicron coronavirus variant among older adults and there is no need for now for people to have a fourth shot, British health officials said on Friday (Jan 7).LinkedIn LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday (Jan 6) COVID-19 vaccines would not be made mandatory even though anti-vax campaigners were dissuading people from taking up the shots.The new arrangements under which arrivals will be able to take a lateral flow in the first two days after travel rather than a more expensive PCR test come as official data showed one in 15 people in England were infected with coronavirus in the last week of 2021.LinkedIn LONDON:Three men and a woman were cleared on Wednesday (Jan 5) of causing criminal damage for helping to pull down a statue of a 17th century slave trade magnate and throw it into Bristol harbour in southwest England during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Around three months after receiving a third jab, protection against hospitalisation among those aged 65 and over remained at about 90 per cent, the UK Health Security Agency said."The data is highly encouraging and emphasises the value of a booster jab," Wei Shen Lim, chair for COVID-19 immunisation on the government's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, said in a statement."I want a voluntary approach in this country, and we're going to keep a voluntary approach."The current data show the booster dose is continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups," he said."Now Omicron is so prevalent, these measures are having limited impact on the growth in cases, while continuing to pose significant costs on our travel industry," he told MPs."For this reason, the committee has concluded there is no immediate need to introduce a second booster dose, though this will continue to be reviewed.." Protection against mild symptomatic infection was more short-lived than against severe disease and dropped to around 30 per cent after about three months, the UKHSA said." Graham was found not guilty along with Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, all aged in their 20s or 30s.

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