“Vaccinated People Are Not More Susceptible to Covid-19 Infection Overall, Fact-checkers Say”

According to the new data the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), those people who have taken three doses of vaccines have 4.5 times higher chances to test positive for Omicron variant as compared to those who are unvaccinated and those who have taken two doses of vaccines were 2.3 times more probable to be infected with Omicron over other variants.

These discoveries are being misrepresented by social media users (on Omicron’s clear capability to increase vaccine protection) by claiming that vaccinated individuals are more vulnerable to infection overall.

Most instances share a piece from the Daily Sceptic.

A tweet with likes of more than 2500 and that contains replies of users misrepresenting the studies. One user tweeted, “Turns out that the “jab” is shite… SURPRISE!!”

Another one writes, “#vaccinesdontwork #NaturalImmunity WORKS !! #DoNotComplyEVER” 

People Are Misinterpreting the Data

Other social media posts associate the data to Antibody Development Enhancement, an assertion that was rebutted by Reuters in the past.

Some users listed how the information was being misrepresented, with an individual whose tweet reads, “Prime example of anti-vax clickbait.

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The article does not say this. You are LESS likely to catch Omicron and all variants if you are triple vaccinated. You are simply more likely to have Omicron vs the others because of its mutation.”

The article published on 22nd December precisely mentions in paragraph three that “Note that this is the probability of an infection being Omicron given a person is infected, so it doesn’t tell us how likely a person is to test positive in the first place.”

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It also clarifies, “This means it doesn’t tell us that the vaccines are making things worse overall, only that they are making it much more likely that a vaccinated person is infected with Omicron than another variant,” continuing further “is a measure of how well Omicron evades the vaccines compared to Delta.

The fact that the triple-vaccinated are much more likely to be infected with Omicron than the double-vaccinated confirms this vaccine evading ability.”

It utilizes data from a provisional ONS Infection Survey that confirms that Omicron has a major capability of evading immunity built up from vaccines.

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The ONS endorsed the article’s findings of Omicron’s ability to evade vaccines. ONS communications officer Jonathan Cook confirmed to Reuters through an email that, “The Daily Sceptic’s article looked at those in the population with a positive test result.

These were then looked at to see which characteristics of that population were associated with Omicron.” He stated that there were more cases of Omicron variant amongst people who are vaccinated and tested positive as compared to an individual who is unvaccinated and tested positive.

Cook further stated, “from our recent characteristics release, we also see that unvaccinated people overall are more likely to test positive for COVID-19, regardless of variant.”

Findings of a Recent Study by Imperial College London Covid-19 Response Team

The reporting here shares the data of a recent report (not examined by peers) by the COVID-19 response team of Imperial College London who found the “risk of reinfection with the Omicron variant is 5.4 times greater than that of the Delta variant.”

The report explained that “the protection against reinfection by Omicron afforded by past infection may be as low as 19%.”

The report and study by Imperial College give “further evidence of the very substantial extent to which Omicron can evade prior immunity given by both infection or vaccination” both concluding that “this level of immune evasion means that Omicron poses a major, imminent threat to public health.”

The report of 11th December by Reuters shares the report of an Israeli study that claims that “a three-shot course of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine provided significant protection against the new Omicron variant.”

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Opinion

FALSE. The ONS data about Omicron’s capability to get through amongst vaccinated people are being misinterpreted by some of the social media users. A recent study states that the increased cases in vaccinated individuals are more likely to be due to Omicron instead of other variants, not that the vaccines aren’t effective or that vaccinated people are at higher risk of catching infection than those who are not vaccinated.

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