Sumary of COVID: the reason cases are rising among the double vaccinated – it’s not because vaccines aren’t working:
- Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40% of people admitted to hospital with COVID in the UK have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
- This itself isn’t surprising – flu vaccines aren’t 100% effective either.
- Yet in the US alone flu vaccines are estimated to prevent millions of cases of illness, tens of thousands of hospitalisations and thousands of deaths every year.
- The COVID vaccines are doing the same in the UK right now – all one has to do is compare the curves from the winter wave with those from this summer.
- Older people and people with health conditions that make them more vulnerable were the first to get vaccinated.
- That means that when we compare people with both vaccinations being hospitalised to those who haven’t had both doses, we aren’t comparing like with like.
- The latest data from Public Health England suggests that against the delta variant, which is now dominant in UK, two doses of any of the vaccines available in Britain are estimated to offer 79% protection against symptomatic COVID and 96% protection against hospitalisation.