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Are vaccines still effective against the Omicron variant?

The World Health Organization highlighted that getting the COVID-19 vaccine remains as a top priority for individuals to prevent getting severe symptoms of the Omicron variant.

It underscored that since the variant is relatively new, all vaccines still offer the same level of protection against COVID-related deaths as well as shortness of breath and chest pains which often lead to hospitalization.

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“WHO reports that so far it looks like the currently available vaccines offer significant protection against severe disease and death. Information is still limited, but there may be a small reduction in the effectiveness of vaccines against severe illness and death, and a decline in preventing mild disease and infection,” read the statement from WHO.

“It is also important to be vaccinated to protect against the other widely circulating variants, such as the Delta one. When it’s your turn, make sure to get vaccinated. If your vaccination involves two doses, it’s important to receive both in order to have the maximum protection,” it added.

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