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Graph that proves Covid booster shots work

A graph, which compares Covid-related fatalities by vaccination status, shows the rate among the unvaccinated is considerably over-represented than those in the ‘fully vaccinated, no booster,’ and the ‘fully vaccinated, booster dose’ group.In comparison to the unvaccinated, the Covid mortality rate is “nine times lower after full vaccination and 48 times lower after a booster”, according to Our World in Data’s head of data Edouard Mathieu.Currently, nearly 70 per cent of Switzerland’s population is fully vaccinated, which puts it behind its European neighbours like Germany (72.7 per cent), France (75 per cent) and Italy (76.2 per cent).Why you should be triple vaccinatedHowever, the country is currently in the midst of a fifth wave of cases, with authorities reporting a seven-day case average of 25,447. Health authorities have blamed the shocking increase in cases on the Omicron variant, with frontline workers fearing it could overwhelm the Swiss healthcare system.“Omicron has the potential to push the hospital system to its limits, especially if there is a lack of staff,” warned Rebecca Ruiz, health minister for the country’s western region.It comes as Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) made the act of intentionally catching Covid-19 illegal, after people were found holding “infection parties” in order to obtain a Covid certificate. The FOPH said the offence could incur a five-year jail sentence, and blasted the act for having potentially fatal consequences.“This contributes to accelerate the transmission of the virus and the gravity of the epidemic. People are taking risks [which endanger] their relatives and for society” they advised.NED-5315-Top-20-covid-global-hotspotsThe Australian Government Department of Health estimates that 54.8 per cent of eligible Australians have had their booster, with 92.6 per cent of people over the age of 16 fully vaccinated.Sharing the Swiss data set, Australian physician Dr Sandro Demaio urged Australians to book their booster shot.“Switzerland is now reporting deaths by vaccination status. PLEASE get triple vaccinated, when you’re eligible,” he tweeted.Currently, Australians have access to two vaccines for their booster shots: the Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Moderna) jab. However, people with medical approval may also access a third dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.Side effects are generally mild, however, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) recently announced that swollen lymph nodes were among the most common side effect people report after receiving the booster and can appear around the neck, armpit, chest, abdomen and groin. The small lumps of tissue contain white blood cells that can help fight infections by attacking and destroying germs that are carried through the lymph fluid.But the TGA have said the reaction was a “normal” side effect of vaccines.“Swollen lymph doses are a normal and known side effect of vaccines and occurs when the immune system is stimulated,” the TGA said.“This normally resolves without treatment after a week or so. People should seek medical attention if swelling persists for more than a few weeks to rule out other causes.”

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