COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19: Both doses of vaccines can lower risk of prolonged Coronavirus ─Study

*Experts say that getting both rounds of the Coronavirus Vaccines promotes significant health benefits in consumers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Researchers from King’s College London, United Kingdom (UK) in a new study emphasised the significance of consumers’ following through with both rounds of the COVID-19 Vaccines.

The study findings indicated that should individual consumers contract the virus after getting both doses of the Coronavirus vaccine, their symptoms are not likely to last very long.

The experts noted though it is possible to experience COVID-related symptoms for several weeks after infection, having both doses of the vaccine reduces the likelihood of what is known as “long COVID” by nearly 50 percent.

Tim Spector, one of the researchers, said: “Vaccinations are massively reducing the chances of people getting long COVID in two ways.

“Firstly, by reducing the risk of any symptoms by 8 to 10 fold and then by halving the chances of any infection turning into long COVID, if it does happen.

“Whatever the duration of symptoms we are seeing that infections after two vaccinations are also much milder, so vaccines are really changing the disease and for the better.

“We are encouraging people to get their second jab as soon as they can.”

On the several benefits of getting both COVID-19 Vaccine shots for the study, the researchers analysed data entered into the UK ZOE COVID Symptom Study app from December through July.

All participants logged information about their vaccination records, symptoms, and COVID tests.

The study also showed that having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine came with significant health benefits.

Nonetheless the risk of contracting the virus while fully vaccinated is low, those who did were nearly 50 percent less likely to develop long COVID, about 75 percent less likely to be hospitalised, and about 30% less likely to have severe symptoms.

“COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 105,000 lives and prevented over 24 million infections in England alone,” Sajid Javid, the U.K. secretary of state for health and social care, said. “This research is encouraging, suggesting vaccines are not only preventing deaths but could also help prevent some of the longer-lasting symptoms.”

The researchers did learn that some groups remain at risk of contracting COVID even after vaccination.

According to them, they discovered that older people and those who live in low-income areas are at the greatest risk of getting infected post-vaccination.

Researcher Dr. Claire Steves also stated: “In terms of the burden of long COVID, it’s good news that our research has found that having a double vaccination significantly reduces the risk of both catching the virus and if you do, developing long-standing symptoms.

“However, among our frail, older adults and those living in deprived areas the risk is still significant and they should be urgently prioritised for second and booster vaccinations.”

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