Coronavirus booster shots aren’t necessarily the answer

From bragging about the mass reception of the Covid-19 vaccine release, the focus suddenly shifted to analyzing its shortcomings.

As case numbers are again tilting upwards and hospitals are flooded with virus patients, authorities are looking for ways to control the latest momentum in the spread of the virus.

A little over a week ago, National Public Health Emergency Team official Prof. Philip Nolan said Ireland was close to “suppressing” the disease. Still on Thursday, he described the situation with the virus as “on the tip of the knife”.

Given the scale and speed of the turnaround by public health officials, people can be forgiven for bewilderment, but things are moving fast in the country of Covid, especially with the contagious Delta variant.

While mass vaccination has not been successful in reducing the number of cases, it has allowed Irish society to nearly return to normal over the years. So understandably, “more of the same” is seen as the best bet to get the current situation under control.

However, there are good reasons to believe that this approach will struggle to produce results.

According to the tracker of the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC), 91.8 percent of the Irish adult population is fully vaccinated. This is the highest figure in the EU and well above the European average of 74.7 percent.

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