Doctors in Oman called on the people to take their third COVID-19 vaccine as the two doses are not enough to stop them from catching the Omicron variant.
The doctors in a statement highlighted the importance of urgently receiving the third dose of COVID-19 vaccines aimed at concern over the Omicron variant.
Dr. Feryal bint Ali Al Lawati, Senior Consultant at the Communicable Disease Department at Royal Hospital said: “There is an urgent need at the present time for a third/booster dose, as the effectiveness of two doses of COVID-19 vaccines against the Omicron to prevent infection, according to initial studies, may reach only 30 percent.”
Furthermore, Dr. Zaid Al Hina’ai, an infectious disease consultant at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital said third doses of vaccine can improve the immune system of the body against Omicron between 70 to 75 percent.
Moreover, Dr. Zakarya Al Balushi, an infectious disease consultant at the Royal Hospital confirmed that the third dose is one of the important strategies to control the virus.
According to Al Balushi, the omicron variant is spreading rapidly compared to the Delta variant and the people must not take the virus lightly.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said the omicron strain of the COVID-19 continues spreading across the world, with numerous countries confirmed reporting new cases of the fast-spreading variant.
The new strain of COVID-19, first detected on Nov. 25 in South Africa, is spreading faster even in countries where a high level of immunity had been achieved via vaccination, according to the WHO’s weekly COVID-19 report.
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