Amid the increasing Omicron scare in the country, a new study published in The Lancet stated that a booster dose of as many as six Covid-19 vaccines elicits strong immune responses in fully-vaccinated people, A booster dose of as many as six Covid-19 vaccines elicits strong immune responses in fully-vaccinated people.
Previous studies have shown that two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines elicit 79 percent and 90 percent protection, respectively, against hospitalization and death after six months. However, it was observed that the efficiency of the vaccines decreases over time. This has led to the necessity of a third ‘booster’ shot to protect the most vulnerable populations.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai on Thursday, December 2, called on Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to discuss administering a booster dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to health workers. Repots have that many states are looking forward to making the same urge to the central government.
The Union government on Thursday, December 2, said two cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka and asked people not to panic but follow COVID-19-appropriate behavior and get vaccinated without delay.