The case for Covid-19 vaccination

Claire Deeley,  K&D Runner/Run Leader and NHS Communications and Engagement lead for the Covid-19 vaccination in the Midlands for the last 18 months, writes below:

Hesitancy about the Covid-19 vaccination made headlines again last month as Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia and anti-vaccination protestors took to the streets and shopping centres in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

It is a fact that the numbers of people coming forward for their first, second or booster vaccinations have dropped off after Christmas, and that younger people  (under 40s) is where it is dropping off quickest.

Younger people feel immune – particularly if they are sporty – and are convinced if they catch the virus it will be no worse than catching a cold.

The Omicron wave has been like playing Russian Roulette; some people feel a bit under the weather, whilst others are hospitalised. What is clear though is that the people who suffer most are unvaccinated:

  • 70% of people with Covid-19 in intensive care are unvaccinated
  • People who haven’t been vaccinated are around nine times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 than those who had a booster at least two weeks ago
  • Vaccination has had a significant impact in lowering people’s risk of serious illness and hospitalisation*

As coronavirus cases reduce and hospitalisations plateau, it is an opportunity to take a breath and assess what is working in helping us get back to a more normal way of life. For me, I am vaccinated and my daughters are vaccinated. I will continue to wear a mask, wash my hands like Lady Macbeth and avoid crowded spaces with lots of unmasked people.

The World Health Organisation is investigating more than 20 variations of the virus that may still get a hold and spread. As Plan B restrictions are lifted, I will keep that thought in mind.

* Source NHS England and NHS Improvement and UK Health Security Agency