Omicron and Boosters

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When it comes to Omicron, multiple studies are pointing to how booster shots can help.

  • The Omicron variant has put the world back to the stage where it was in the early days of the pandemic. It’s more transmissible and has a different makeup than the original Sars-Cov-2.
  • Travel restrictions notwithstanding, Omicron is slowly but surely spreading in various countries prompting health authorities to be on red alert.
  • While not much time has passed since Omicron was first discovered, researchers have been hard at work globally to study the variant and come up with some assuring news.
  • Multiple studies have found that getting a booster shot (additional shot after the double vaccination) increases immunity against Omicron variant.
  • While a boostererd individual may still contract Omicron variant, the chances of them being severely ill or hospitalised are on the lower side.
  • Developing an Omicron-specific vaccine will take time, with Pfizer stating that it can develop this custom vaccine not before mid-2022.
  • “Your second and third doses are comparable to sending your immune system to secondary school and then university to dramatically deepen its understanding”, says BBC.
  • Studies point that a Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna booster shots have proven 70-75% more effective against Omicron
  • We try to understand how booster shots are the only hope, for now, against providing resistance to the rising Omicron cases.
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