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Vaccinated patients are dying of Covid due to waning immunity, says Dr Susan Hopkins

The Independent
The Independent
 2021-11-07

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Double-jabbed vulnerable and elderly people are dying from Covid -19 due to the efficacy of the vaccine waning, a senior adviser has said.

The effects of coronavirus vaccines are known to wane some five or six months after the second dose, as discovered in multiple studies during the pandemic.

It comes as the government launches a campaign to encourage take-up of booster jabs this autumn.

While most of those dying with Covid-19 are unvaccinated, reports last week said Number 10 was concerned about hospital admissions and deaths among double-vaccinated people rising due to waning immunity .

Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical adviser at the UK Health Security Agency, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show there are deaths among the elderly because around 5% remain unvaccinated.

She added: “We’re still seeing deaths in mainly the unvaccinated population ... but increasingly, because of immune waning effects, there are deaths in the vaccinated group as well.”

She added that the majority of deaths are occurring in the older age-groups, particularly the over-70s, and also among the clinically/extremely vulnerable and those with underlying medical conditions.

She continued: “As we’ve mentioned, the immune effects wane and what we see is, especially in the older or the vulnerable groups, those are the people whose immunity will wane the most.

“So, if you’re a healthy 30-year-old, then two doses will protect you for a longer period. That’s why those people need to come forward for their third dose as soon as possible.”

Patients over 50 and those most at risk from Covid-19 are currently eligible for a booster six months after their second jab.

More than seven in 10 people aged 80 and over have had their boosters while almost three in five people 50 and over have also had their top-ups, according to NHS figures from Sunday,

From Monday, booster jabs can be booked one month earlier than previously allowed

Under previous rules, people could only book their booster six months after receiving their second dose. Now, they will be able to arrange an appointment after five months, and attend as soon as the six-month period is up.

The move is meant to accelerate the programme by making it easier for people to book their inoculation.

Dr Hopkins said that while the uptake of booster jabs has “quite good,” is has also been slower than with previous doses.

“I think that may be due to people thinking they’re already protected, which is why we’re giving a lot of public health messages about why it’s so important for them to come forward for that third dose.”

She added: “We know that the virus is circulating at very high levels in our community. So unless people get vaccinated, we will have a long and difficult winter.”

Additional reporting by PA.

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Bear Tracker
11-08

Emergency Room RN here - "I can tell you we are now seeing way more vaccinated vs unvaccinated people coming in seriously ill. This vaccine is not doing what they said it would do. Additionally, vaccinated people are putting their guard down, carrying the virus and spreading it all over the community. 3 ways viruses change (mutate to variants). By pure chance, by pressure from select cells in the body, and thirdly to work around vaccines. It's what viruses do, they mutate to get around vaccines - think of it as them changing their uniforms so the enemy (the vaccine) doesn't recognize them. Thus the Covid variants (Delta, etc). Natural immunity is best. Follow the science not the politics."

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Brad Legotti
11-07

🤷 the saddest and most terrifying accomplishment health industries have successfully done is convince the masses that their bodies are broken and incapable of doing what it's designed to do which is constantly fix itself until there is no longer a heartbeat pumping blood or oxygen through the body.. 🧬natural immunity has been a way of life since the beginning of our species. Yet you think a pill to fix one problem which causes 4 other problems and then you need a pill for each one of those problems🤦 somehow is going to solve your Root problems and now you need to take an unnecessary shot for a virus with a 99.8% survival rate 🤷 how much closer to a 100% do you need?Malaria, the flu, suicide, opiate overdose, car accidents statistically speaking are more dangerous but the dodgy statistics shoved in your face all day everyday by mainstream media has successfully made you AFRAID of people and convinced you that the air is toxic 😶 so your body will fail you, 🤡🤡🤡🤡💉🐁

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Emmit Fitz-Hime
11-07

I had a typo in that headline. It’s not waning immunity it’s waning immune system. It’s destroying peoples immunity to everything as designed.

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