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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Dr. Peter Jüni advises taking booster shots as a precautionary measure

Dr. Sabra Gibbons provides COVID-19 vaccine in a drive through clinic at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont.

According to scientific director Dr. Peter Jüni, the third dose can boost protection up to 5 times. According to data from Ontario’s Science Advisory Table, COVID-19 vaccination protection against infection by the new coronavirus has declined considerably after the highly infectious Omicron variant began spreading across the province.

According to Dr. Peter Jüni, the group’s scientific head, the data suggests that while two dosages protect against severe sickness in people who get the virus, their efficacy to prevent infection is dwindling.

Data reflects that the vaccine protection for taking two doses has dropped to 14.9%, down from nearly 90% a month earlier. In an interview with the CBC News Network, Jüni observed, “Vaccine protection against illness is melting like snow under the sun.” “Omicron manages to elude the immune system.”

“In truth, there’s no way to tell the difference between someone who is not vaccinated and someone who has had two doses when it comes to infection.”

The term “vaccine protection” refers to the decreased risk of becoming infected due to vaccination. Jüni said that evidence from the United Kingdom showed that a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine could reduce the risk of infection by up to five times, and he advocated for a faster rollout of the vaccine.

Omicron has more than 30 changes in the spike protein, which is the portion of the coronavirus that lets it enter human cells, some of which are linked to antibody resistance. On Nov. 28, Ontario scientists found the first case of the Omicron variant, only days after South African researchers made the world aware of its presence.

Source: CBC News

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