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Booster dose plummets rate of hospitalization due to Omicron by 90%

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Three doses of COVID-19 vaccine drop hospitalization by 90% in people above 65 years of age, health experts highlighted.

According to Head of the Immunology and Molecular Medicine Department at the Sri Jayewardenepura University Prof. Neelika Malavige, hospitalization due to Omicron is also dropped by 50% with two vaccine doses in the over 65 age group.

“It is the people above 65 age of who are highly susceptible to get hospitalized and succumb to the virus. Omicron in the US is commonly seen among the unvaccinated population over 65 years. This is where booster dose plays a pivotal role.

In addition, she said most ICU admissions and COVID-19 fatalities are of the unvaccinated population.

Hence, she requested all eligible individuals get themselves boosted without further delay.

Meanwhile, Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama from National Institute of Infectious Diseases urged people not to be carried away by misconceptions and myths about the booster dose.

“The priority of people at present should be the safety from Omicron which can be ensured with the booster dose,” he reiterated.  

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka College of Internal Medicine President and National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) Physician Dr. Harsha Sathischandra said no adverse effects have so been far been reported from pregnant women and neither from any other groups. 

“Thus, the booster dose is recommended for persons who are pregnant or breast-feeding,” he added.

The health experts expressed these views at a news briefing held at the Government Information Department yesterday. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Kikazaru Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:04 AM

    Madam, I watch CNN and BBC for information of COVID-19 and listen to namely Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Medial Adviser to President Biden and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and chief medical correspondent for CNN. What you say is what they have stated about 3 weeks ago. You seem to be just repeating what they say. What we need is for you and your colleagues to study how COVID-19 affects the Sri Lanka population and public that data. You are more like "Siri" on Apple computing devices doing the translation. Come on!

    Kikazaru Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:08 AM

    To start with please give us the efficiency of the Sinopharm in Sri Lanka as it was the main vaccine used in Sri Lanka. Why is the Pfizer vaccine given as the booster for people who got two doses of Sinopharm / AstraZeneca vaccines?

    Terrence Saturday, 15 January 2022 08:52 AM

    The initiative for creating awareness for the booster vaccine has diminished at grassroot level unlike the 1/2 jabs as public were not aware as previously announcements were made through loudspeakers in every area

    Ground reality. Saturday, 15 January 2022 10:16 AM

    The complaints made of pain and sickness as after effects by those who have taken the booster dose have resulted in the rest showing reluctance to take the booster.This is more overpowering than the Campaign of Health Professionals to take the booster.

    Ranjith Saturday, 15 January 2022 01:15 PM

    Unfortunately some people are still spreading rumours regarding the vaccine without knowing true facts. Sadly, some are school teachers.

    mp Saturday, 15 January 2022 01:36 PM

    The above comments made by different readers of this news item is quite right. There are no assurance from medical experts that the booster is out of risk.

    Mohan Saturday, 15 January 2022 05:25 PM

    Based on evidence it may be more effective to allow the omicron variant wipe out the delta variant by allowing omicron to spread within the population and hence achieve herd immunity and make it feel like a severe flu. This way life and economy can get back stability with short term pain.

    T.H.J. Pieters Saturday, 15 January 2022 06:02 PM

    So does the administration of vitamin C, D

    Citizen Sunday, 16 January 2022 12:52 PM

    How stupid this is becoming more and more like a common cold natural immunization is the best.


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