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Immunology expert addresses vaccine concerns as public lose trust

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 14/12/2021 Emma Costello
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An immunology expert has addressed concerns around vaccines and boosters against COVID-19 as the public’s trust appears to weaken.

Professor Paul Moynagh, Director of the Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research, stressed that vaccines are still working.

However if said that even if variant Omicron does happen to evade vaccines, the effects are ‘very mild’.

An immunology expert has addressed concerns around vaccines and boosters against COVID-19 as the public’s trust appears to weaken. Pic: Getty © Provided by Extra.ie An immunology expert has addressed concerns around vaccines and boosters against COVID-19 as the public’s trust appears to weaken. Pic: Getty

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, he was asked about the important aspects of the virus and if vaccines were still working as well as before.

Host Ciara Kelly said: ‘People have said to some extent that they were disappointed — ordinary lay people — with the fact that they felt vaccinated, they felt protected, and now they need an another shot.

‘We hear it sent by text into the show that perhaps faith in the vaccine isn’t as strong as it was.’

Paul Moynagh. Pic: Royal Irish Academy © Provided by Extra.ie Paul Moynagh. Pic: Royal Irish Academy

‘It is really important to give that message, Ciara, that vaccines are doing what they are designed to do but still doing a really good job in terms of protecting against serious illness,’ Prof Moynagh responded.

‘We see that in terms of the hospitalisation rates in the Omicron variant, none e of the variants have escaped the vaccine so far.’

He continued that if the Omicron variant evades the vaccine the current data shows that the effects of the COVID-19 variant are ‘very mild’.

‘The messages the vaccines are still working really well in terms of protecting citizens,’ he concluded.

While case numbers with the Omicron variant continue to grow, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a ‘tidal wave of Omicron’ that could cause ‘very many deaths’. Pic: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie While case numbers with the Omicron variant continue to grow, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a ‘tidal wave of Omicron’ that could cause ‘very many deaths’. Pic: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

While case numbers with the Omicron variant continue to grow, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a ‘tidal wave of Omicron’ that could cause ‘very many deaths’.

Boris Johnson, in a pre-recorded address to the nation on Sunday evening, said Britain ‘must urgently reinforce our wall of vaccine protection’ as he set a new deadline of jabbing everyone over 18 by the new year.

He said scientists had discovered that being fully vaccinated is ‘simply not enough’ to prevent the spread of the coronavirus mutation and that, without a lightning speed mass booster campaign, the NHS could be overwhelmed.

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