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Health leaders urge COVID boosters in anticipation of 'deluge of omicron' cases

Original post made on Dec 24, 2021

Health officials urged residents on Thursday to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if they are eligible, forecasting a wave of cases in the coming weeks tied to the omicron variant.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 16, 2021, 3:50 PM

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Posted by Bob M.
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 28, 2021 at 7:17 pm

Bob M. is a registered user.

Missing from these statements from Public Health officials is the kind of data that would actually help people understand the situation and make informed choices.

We read, for example, that the three original vaccines remain "highly effective" (NOT in preventing the disease, by the way, but in preventing "serious illness and death"); well, on what numbers is that generalization based? Is the likelihood of those outcomes reduced by half? By 25%? By 10%? And from those starting levels of protection, what are the corresponding numbers six months later?

Elsewhere, we read that getting a Booster will "increase your protection against the Omicron variant." Again, numbers please. Will it bring one's already-waning protection from the original shots and bring it back to 100%? 50%? For how many months?

And while we're told that we need "layers of prevention" because "no single strategy works," there's nothing here about the relative contribution of each layer. What's most important on this smorgasbord? How do we know it? And again, what are the numbers?

Doctors Cody and Morrow need to remember that their audience is full of well-educated people, and treat us accordingly. In our day jobs, many of us are paid to be skeptical and to check the numbers behind airy generalizations.

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