Infectious illnesses knowledgeable Professor Sam McConkey has urged folks to proceed to get their booster Covid-19 vaccine and in addition to get the flu vaccine this winter regardless of feedback from the World Well being Group that “the top is in sight”.
On Wednesday WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned: “We have now by no means been in a greater place to finish the pandemic. We aren’t there but, however the finish is in sight.”
Prof. McConkey advised RTÉ radio’s Morning Eire that the latest variants of Covid-19 – Omicron BA4 and BA5 had not been as extreme and whereas folks have been nonetheless changing into sick, the bulk weren’t experiencing extreme respiratory sickness.
“I am hopeful we cannot see a worse variant, however we might see a complete new illness. There may very well be a brand new risk on the market,” he warned.
Vaccination stays an necessary answer and other people ought to proceed to get follow-up (booster) vaccines. The swift improvement of a vaccine for Covid-19 was a part of the rationale for the “fizzling” out of the virus, he mentioned.
This winter folks also needs to get their flu vaccine, he urged.
Eire had coped properly with the pandemic, mentioned Prof McConkey. There had been good developments reminiscent of a transfer to “digitised” enterprise which meant much less air journey, the higher belief between nations, statutory sick pay and the popularity of the significance of smaller class sizes.
There had been a decrease demise fee in Eire due to the care locally for the weak and aged.
“I hope that spirit stays with us and the sense of worldwide cooperation.”