Long lines of people queuing for a booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine was a sight recorded outside St. Thomas in London on December 13.
A similar scene occurred in many other places in the UK when the government announced plans to increase the program of three doses of Covid-19 vaccines because of concerns about the Omicron variant.
On December 13, the UK also said that Omicron would become the dominant strain in London within 48 hours. The latest data from the University of Oxford confirm that the Omicron variant can easily overcome the immune system created after two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits a Covid-19 vaccination center in London
Matthew Snape, professor of immunization, says booster doses play an important role.
“The drop in neutralizing antibodies is cause for concern. And we know that the third shot is actually a good immune booster. Even if you have previously received 2 doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, for example, if you receive a booster shot of Pfizer, your antibodies will increase significantly. That will increase the protection against the Omicron variant, so I think prioritizing the booster dose is very important,” said Snape.
During a visit to a vaccination center, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that there had been at least one death from the Omicron variant.
“In my opinion, we should get rid of the idea that this is a milder virus variant. But we should look at the staggering rate of increase in the number of cases. So the best thing we can do is go for a booster shot,” Johnson said.
The surge in demand has caused the UK’s online booster dose registration system to malfunction. Meanwhile, British people also cannot order Covid-19 test kits online.
When asked about this, Mr Johnson replied: “We have a sufficient supply of test strips. If for some reason it is not possible to buy online, there are many in stores.”
Mr Johnson hopes that by increasing the number of people injecting booster doses in the UK, the coming wave of Covid-19 will be able to be contained.
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