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We don’t know much about Omicron but we do know about jabs

We don’t know much about Omicron yet – the new variant of the Covid virus.

But we know a lot about the vaccines that have protected us over the past year – and we have no reason to believe those vaccines won’t work against this latest strain of the virus.

We don’t know much about the new Omicron strain but we do jabs and they workCredit: Le Soleil

This week, 12 months ago, Pfizer’s Covid vaccine received government approval, and since then we’ve learned that being stung works and permanently prevents people from going to the hospital.

I don’t need studies, I saw it with my own eyes.

Getting vaccinated is our best tool against the virus, so we need to keep ramping up its use, as we did when the Delta variant arrived here in March.

In Bolton, where I run the vaccination program, we have had five serious waves of Covid.

Each time, it was people without vaccines who fell ill who saw our hospital and intensive care admissions skyrocket.

We are starting to see more and more people with double vaccines catching Covid.

We never said the vaccine would prevent it, but we do know that it reduces the chances of getting really sick – or worse.

This new variant shows that we are not out of the woods yet.

From today, we will all have to wear masks again in shops and on public transport.

And now, booster shots will be given to everyone over the age of 18, the government announced yesterday.

Experts from the Joint Committee on Vaccination also want the minimum gap between the second dose and the booster to be reduced from half to three months.

And anyone with a weakened immune system should get four injections instead of three.

He also advised children between the ages of 12 and 15 to undergo a second jab three months after the first.

But I hope the arrival of the Omicron strain will also encourage people to consider getting their booster dose a priority.

The three vaccines available in the UK – AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna – have been shown to be effective in reducing serious illness from Covid-19.

Mixing them together is safe and may even be beneficial.

One of the things we don’t know yet is how often we’ll need to give boosters.

Maybe we won’t need the extra protection because three doses can last a lifetime.

Studies to find out exactly who needs a booster and how often are underway, only time will tell.

But for those of you who haven’t received a vaccine, it’s not too late to start.

It’s the worst winter I’ve experienced for viruses… don’t get fooled.

Dr Hélène Wall

And if you’ve had two jabs before, make sure you get a booster ASAP.

We now believe that for some people, immunity to the coronavirus begins to wane around six months.

This means that the protection offered by the first two doses of the vaccine may not be as good as it used to be and you could do with a supplement, which the booster does.

In fact, for many people, the booster increases their level of protection beyond what they had after the first two doses!

When we started the Bolton booster program, many seniors rushed to get their shots because they were worried about their protection.

Some had even started to stay indoors again.

But as we’ve gone down the age groups, especially now that we’re dealing with workers with busy lives, the numbers ahead have really gone down.

It is especially important to boost your immunity as Christmas approaches.

It has already been the worst winter for viruses and medical pressures I have experienced in 15 years as a doctor.

We have all heard about long ambulance waits and packed hospitals this winter, please don’t get carried away by this while you are suffering from Covid.

People ask, “Will I have any side effects? The truth is, many don’t at all. For most of those who do, the symptoms are mild and short-lived.

But I can promise that they will be much less than the effects of severe Covid or Covid Long.

As Christmas approaches, it’s important to have the jab to keep everyone safe.

Sun’s Jabs Army volunteers have worked over a million hours in 900 vaccination centers

We need 25,000 volunteers

The Sun’s Amazing Jabs Army needs 25,000 volunteers to help millions of people get their booster jabs.

Boris Johnson urges everyone to take a booster as the Omicron strain threatens to spoil Christmas.

Since we launched Jabs Army in January, you, our awesome readers, have donated over a million hours of your time to help the immunization program.

We now need 25,000 volunteer NHS responders to help in nearly 900 vaccination centers.

You might be one of over 70,000 readers who signed up and worked shifts, but you might have stopped.

If so, consider coming back.

Click on your GoodSAM app on your phone to view volunteer teams in your area using the ‘Upcoming Teams’ tab.

New volunteers can register at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk.

Or use the QR code.

You should know fairly quickly if you have been accepted.

Shifts – usually three or four hours – are arranged for the NHS by the Royal Voluntary Service charity.

Your expenses will be covered and no experience is required.

All you need is a friendly face and a lot of enthusiasm to keep the lines moving so that as many people as possible can get stung each day.

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