Omicron: GP explains ‘overwhelming’ science behind vaccines
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Covid vaccination is no silver bullet but it greatly reduces the severity of symptoms. It’s important to understand this distinction because it tempers your expectation of what to expect from vaccination. Yes, Covid is far more likely to result in a milder illness post-vaccination but it’s still possible to experience symptoms.
There are growing reports of symptomatic infection following the booster shot, which is being offered this autumn to stem the tide of expected respiratory infections this winter, including COVID-19 and flu.
Twitter is littered with reports of symptomatic Covid post-booster and a pattern of symptoms is starting to emerge.
Twitter user ChristiMarie449 recently wrote: “I’m on Day 5 since testing positive for Covid and this is my first time having it and the symptoms are still strong… cough, chills, runny nose, aches, horrible headache and so on… I had my booster and flu shot weeks ago and feel like I’ve been hit by a truck.”
Likewise, user atesgoral took to the platform to journal his Covid symptoms post-booster, which over the course of a week included fever, runny nose and rash breakout.
Another Twitter user, Illumiell, wrote: “I’m glad I got my Flu and COVID booster a month ago. This is literally exactly the timing which saved my a** from possibly a really bad time AGAIN.
“So far I only had sneezing, some fatigue, and now a sore throat that has been mild and rapidly diminishing.”
To be expected
The important thing to remember is that breakout infections are to be expected in the fully vaccinated.
Indeed, research shows that they are a common occurrence. Daily reports on the ZOE COVID Study app, which tracks the symptoms of Covid, has ranked the top five symptoms seen in the fully vaccinated.
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Here is the current ranking of Covid symptoms after two vaccinations:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Blocked nose
- Persistent cough
Generally, similar symptoms of COVID-19 are being reported overall in the ZOE app by people who had and hadn’t been vaccinated.
However, fewer symptoms were reported over a shorter period of time by those who had already had a jab, suggesting that they were falling less seriously ill and getting better more quickly.
A recent Lancet study echoed this finding, making a strong case for getting boosted.
Researchers in Singapore found booster vaccination with a third dose achieved vaccine effectiveness of 56 percent against infection with the omicron variant and 94 percent against omicron-associated hospitalisation, compared with unvaccinated adolescents.
Vaccine effectiveness against infection for both variants after two doses waned over time, whereas vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation for both variants remained stable; both were increased after three doses.
Therefore, the booster dose can “help to reduce the burden on the health-care system and individual morbidity during an omicron wave”, the researchers concluded.
Are you eligible for the booster?
People aged 50 years and over, those in care homes, and those aged five years and over in clinical risk groups are being offered an autumn booster of COVID-19 vaccine.
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A booster will also be offered to front-line health and social care staff, those who care for vulnerable individuals and families of individuals with weakened immune systems.
The autumn booster is being offered to those at high risk of the complications of COVID-19 infection, who may have not been boosted for a few months.
As the number of COVID-19 infections increases over the winter, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
You can book a vaccine online if you’re registered with a GP surgery in England.
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