UK coronavirus cases rise by a further 27,125
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Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Dr Chris explained scientists have to base their decisions on “four coronaviruses that cause seasonal colds”. “We’ve been studying them for decades,” he said. Leaning onto years of research, scientists have concluded that the new coronavirus – the one that caused the pandemic – may act in a similar vein to previous coronaviruses. “Once you catch it, are you immune for life?” Dr Chris pondered, or does immunity completely disappear after a certain amount of time?
Dr Chris postulated that the immunity caught after having Covid, or the jab, will be “something between the two”.
“We’re probably looking at that middle ground type of picture,” he said.
“If you’ve been vaccinated, over time, immunity will gently slip away,” Dr Chris theorised.
“You may become susceptible again,” he elaborated, adding that a booster jab can “restore immunity”.
If you were to catch Covid, Dr Chris is certain that you’d experience more mild symptoms than if you never had the jab.
Eight percent of people are still catching the virus after being fully vaccinated.
However, it’s “really encouraging” to see that those people are only experiencing limited or mild symptoms, as would have been expected.
The booster programme – proposed to begin in September – is considered a “cautionary approach”.
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People who were first in line to receive their Covid jabs will be the ones getting the booster.
This includes the elderly and those in the extremely clinically vulnerable group.
Dr Chris explained that people who were first given the Covid jabs would have had the most time for immunity to decrease.
In anticipation of the “usual seasonal surge” that takes place in autumn, it’s these people who will benefit the most from a booster jab.
During February to June 2021, 60 percent of people who caught coronavirus were not vaccinated against Covid.
In the same time period, only eight percent of fully vaccinated people caught the virus.
Dr Chris added that if the UK achieves its aim of having all adults vaccinated by the late summer, alongside booster jabs, “we’ll be in really good shape later this year”.
This will mean “we don’t see cases turning into causalties”.
Dr Chris is assured that will be the case based on the current data.
More than 45 million people have had at least one Covid jab, the Government has reported.
The number of people who are fully vaccinated – having received two jabs – is climbing up to 34 million people.
The booster jabs is proposed to take place in September, but it could be ongoing until December time.
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