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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

We should offer everyone a booster vaccine after three months – O’Neill

Leading Immunologist Professor Luke O’Neill has called for everyone to be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine after three months, similar to the system that exists in the UK.

While speaking on The Pat Kenny Show, O’Neill said that it was “ridiculous” that people had to wait five months before receiving their booster dose while adding that Ireland should lower the gap between doses.

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He stated, “I would boost everybody three months after the second shot. The UK is doing that – they’ve lowered the gap to three months. Why don’t we do that? The boosters are so effective.”

He said that it was “distressing” that people were being turned away from their appointments if it hasn’t been five months since their primary vaccine dose.

“I think they should give the booster to anyone that shows up.”

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O’Neill added that there was growing evidence that suggests boosters “super-charge” an individual’s immune system and offer strong protection against the virus.

He also mentioned how vaccines possess the ability to protect people against the Omicron variant.

“The antibodies may go down in their power against it, but they’re still able to neutralise it. Our fear was they’d lose that power entirely.”

IMAGE – “File:Professor Luke O’Neill FRS.jpg” by Duncan.Hull is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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