In recent weeks, we’ve all been encouraged to get our booster vaccine by the government to protect us against the new Omicron variant of coronavirus - and now new data shows just how effective one, two, and three doses are against it.
Findings show that vaccines are less effective at protecting us from the Omicron variant, compared to Delta - another Covid variant. However, the vaccines do have higher protection against hospitalisation, impressively reducing this by 88 per cent after two weeks.
Eric Topol the director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, tweeted about the report on Friday and wrote: “The new @UKHSA report today strongly reinforces the benefit of the 3rd shot (booster) vs Omicron for reducing hospitalization: 88% (this is the 1st time we’ve seen such VE data for booster vs severe disease).”
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These results are good news after World Health Organisation Director, General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Omicron would pressure hospitals that are already “on the brink of collapse” with a “tsunami” of Covid cases.
This data is one of the first formal reports which looked at how good the booster was when up against Omicron.
This is a full breakdown of the risk reduction from getting vaccinated and boosted against all of the Covid vaccinations available in the UK:
Hospital risk reduction
First dose - 52 per cent
Second dose - 72 per cent within 24 weeks and 52 per cent after this
Third dose (booster) - 88 per cent after two weeks
Catching symptoms risk reduction
First dose - 26 per cent within four weeks
Second dose - 18 per cent within 24 weeks
Third dose (booster) - 63 per cent within two weeks