A recent study from the University of Bristol's Children of the 90s research project has demonstrated the effectiveness of the third coronavirus vaccine, or booster, in providing a significant increase in protection for vulnerable individuals. The study followed almost 9,000 people and showed that the booster led to a tenfold increase in antibodies compared to the first two vaccines.
Principal Investigator of the Children of the 90s project, Professor Nic Timpson, commented on the findings, “By responding to our antibody tests over the course of the pandemic, Children of the 90s participants have provided insight into the response to COVID-19 and the impact of the vaccination. It was fascinating to observe the dynamics of immune response and of course is reassuring to see how effective the booster jabs are.”
The study has been welcomed by those who were previously shielding, such as Sheila Smith who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and had to shield during lockdown for over two years. Chief nurse at North Bristol NHS Trust, Anne Morris, has encouraged vulnerable individuals to take advantage of the increased protection by getting the third booster jab.
The findings from the study are encouraging for those who have been shielding and have provided reassurance that the booster jab will provide them with the same level of protection as those who are healthy. It is hoped the study will encourage more vulnerable individuals to get the booster jab and to feel more confident about leaving their home.