‘You can’t dodge Covid,’ top scientist warns unvaccinated

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Millions of people in the UK have been warned that they cannot “dodge” Covid forever, so they should get vaccinated to protect them from the risk of “personal tragedy”.

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A strong message from Professor Adam Finn of the University of Bristol, who sits on the Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization, as a massive new campaign was being launched to protect people fully against the coronavirus amid threats from the Omicron version. to be vaccinated.

The lead scientist told the Standard that unvaccinated people were “making the wrong decisions for themselves personally” and that those with more “fear” of the virus were “making the wrong calculations”.

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With hundreds of thousands of adults in London, Professor Finn said: “The risks of being vaccinated are essentially small compared to the risks of becoming infected with this virus because if you don’t get vaccinated, you will get the virus.

“The risks you face are enormous, even if you’re young and healthy. You can’t dodge the virus.”

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In other developments:

  • Scientists “hope” that booster vaccines will provide good protection against Omicron, even though they are less effective against it than other variants, with T-cell immunity possibly playing an important role. A CovBoost study, which did not specifically look at Omicron, showed that Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna promoted “very high” and described AstraZeneca, Novavax and Janssen as “very effective” against the virus.
  • According to official figures, nearly 37,000 confirmed Covid cases have been announced in London in a week, with the capital also having the highest number of 15 Omicron cases in the country.
  • Germany reported 74,352 new daily COVID cases and is banning all essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries and has moved towards compulsory vaccination.
  • Starting tomorrow, travelers from the UK aged 12 and over, even if fully vaccinated, will have to provide a negative PCR or antigen test done less than 48 hours before departure. Spain has banned unvaccinated people aged 12 and over from the UK.
  • Michelle Grom of the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said South Africa is facing an “unprecedented increase” in COVID cases in a short period of time due to Omicron.

London has lagged behind other regions on the first and second doses, with notably low rates in some ethnic minority communities.

Health chiefs say the key to persuading people to dodge is for them to hear facts about safety and efficacy from others they trust, including family, friends and community leaders. Professor Finn said: “If you are unvaccinated, you … are essentially making the wrong decision and everyone should adequately explain this to someone they trust.”

There are now more than 1,000 Kovid patients in London hospitals.

Professor Finn said: “The people we are seeing in hospital now, who are sick, or mortally ill, with this virus, and who are without vaccination, all want them to be properly informed. “

The COVID vaccines being used in the UK provide strong protection against delta and earlier variants to individuals, especially after booster shots.

Professor Finn said: “If you are unaffiliated and end up in the hospital you are taking a bed that someone else with a problem might need … and shutting down society in these lockdowns.” There is a shortage of hospital beds. So it has a huge responsibility in that regard.”

However, he emphasized that the main reason people are being confiscated is to protect themselves.

“I don’t think people should be vaccinated out of philanthropy, I think they should be vaccinated out of selfishness, they want to survive,” he said.

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