The UK Health Authority’s senior medical advisor said the elderly and vulnerable who received double vaccinations have started to die due to the deterioration in the effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr. Susan Hopkins said while the introduction of Covid-19 boosters was going well, she is asking more people to come forward to get their recharge.
Health chiefs have been warning for months that the vaccine’s effects will wear off five or six months after the second dose, prompting the government to launch a booster campaign in the fall.
It came after several studies suggested the Covid-19 vaccines were wearing off.
According to reports last week, Number 10 was concerned about hospital admissions and deaths in double-vaccinated people, which rose due to decreased immunity.
Sunday’s NHS figures say more than seven in ten people ages 80 and over have received their boosters, while nearly three in five people over 50 have also received their boosters.
Regarding Covid-19-related death rates on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Dr. Hopkins that there are deaths in the elderly population, with approximately 5% of those who are not vaccinated remaining.
She added, “We are still seeing deaths mostly in the unvaccinated population … but there are increasing deaths in the vaccinated group due to immune-weakening effects.”
When asked who is currently dying of Covid-19, Dr. Hopkins: “The people who die are the same people who died all the way.
“It is mainly the older age groups, especially those over 70 years of age, but also those who are clinically susceptible, extremely susceptible and have previous illnesses.”
She added, “As mentioned earlier, immune effects are declining and we are seeing, especially in older or vulnerable groups, these are the people whose immunity is the most degrading.
“So if you’re a healthy 30 year old, protect two doses for an extended period of time. So these people have to get in touch for their third dose as soon as possible. “
Health Minister Sajid Javid urged people to sign up for their third dose, saying younger relatives should encourage eligible parents and grandparents to take up the offer of a booster and the flu vaccine.
People over 50 and those most at risk of Covid-19 are currently entitled to a booster vaccination six months after their second vaccination.
To outline the uptake of boosters so far, Dr. Hopkins: “It was pretty good. Over 60% of the population receive boosters [who] take it up.
“I think it’s slower than we saw on the first lap.
“I think it may be because people think they are already protected. That is why we are giving many public health messages about why it is so important for them to get in touch for that third dose. “
She added, “We know the virus is circulating at a very high level in our community. So if people don’t get vaccinated, we will have a long and difficult winter. “