Omicron Requires Triple Vaccine Protection, Boosters Show 70 to 75% Efficacy Against New Variant

Omicron Requires Triple Vaccine Protection, Boosters Show 70 to 75% Efficacy Against New Variant

  • A study in the UK has shown that people who received a Covid-19 booster shot are up to 75% more protected against the Omicron variant than those who didn't
  • While this is optimistic data, it must be taken into account that the variant is quite new and still being studied
  • Health officials are hopeful that the data from this study means that the booster shot rollout will result in fewer severe Covid-19 cases

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LONDON - UK data claims that people who have had a booster shot following their Covid-19 vaccine are 70 to 75% more likely to be protected against the Omicron variant.

The Pfizer vaccines, which consists of two vaccine doses taken at least 6 weeks apart, does not offer enough protection against Omicron's symptomatic infection. Soon after taking the booster, which acts as a third vaccine dose, participants in the study showed increased immunity.

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“These early estimates should be treated with caution, but they indicate a few months after the second jab, there is a greater risk of catching the Omicron variant,” said the UK Health Security Agency.
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UK data has found that having a booster shot can provide up to 75% more protection against Omicron. Image: Sharon Seretlo/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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What we know so far about Omicron and booster shots

According to TimesLIVE, the data was collected from the UK's booster jab drive in an effort to combat the effects of Omicron, due to fears over its highly transmissible nature. The UK study included 581 participants who had the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for the UK, said that the UK faces a dire situation where Covid-19 is concerned and that action is urgently required, the BBC reports.

UK health officials are optimistic that the booster shot rollout will prevent people from experiencing severe symptoms, as their hospital system will not be able to accommodate the number of people who are predicted to have harsh symptoms from being under-protected.

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Reactions to booster jab protection prediction

@mandlabafo believes:

"This is a money scam these companies are making a killing."

@alanldn19 said:

"I heard it was less lethal than other variants."

@iwsouthchris shared:

"It would help if it was easier to get the booster especially for people who really on public transport to get anyway. Until more facilities are available it is pointless banging on about getting the booster."

@Ann__Chris asked:

"How long has Omicron been here? A vaccine takes up to 2 weeks to have effect? Isn't it a bit early to say it is effective?"

@Jamal_Barry said:

"Getting mine tomorrow."

Covid tests reduced to R500, SA thinks it should be 50c

Previously Briefly News reported that following the government's decision to intervene and regulate the price of COVID-19 PCR tests from R850 to about R500, South Africans have headed to the socials to share their thoughts.

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While some are against the idea of getting tested at all, most peeps believe these tests should actually be free and have put up some pretty good arguments to support their claim.

One person was honestly just over it, wondering how a government that expects its people to live on an R350 grant can ask citizens to pay R500 for anything!

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