Covid booster jabs remain the strongest defence against Omicron, despite fears the vaccines aren’t as effective against the new variant as they are against previous ones.
While Omicron is thought to be weakened by the vaccine, even people who have had their booster jabs can still fall ill.
However, symptoms are often describes as more mild and severe case numbers are reduced.
The booster is thought to offer at least 70% protection, however, this doesn’t mean people can’t catch Omicron.
You can still experience symptoms – and some of them are reportedly different in those who have received three jabs. Read on for some tips on what to look out for.
What Omicron three symptoms show up in triple jabbed people?
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A New York-based ER doctor took to Twitter to share the “uncomfortable” symptoms they had identified in people who have been triple-jabbed.
Doctor Craig Spencer discussed the “mild” symptoms he was seeing in people who had had three jabs.
He wrote: “By mild I mean mostly sore throat. Lots of sore throat”.
“Also some fatigue, maybe some muscle pain. No difficulty breathing. No shortness of breath. All a little uncomfortable, but fine.”
What are the general symptoms of Omicron?
Generally, people have reported Omicron symptoms to be similar to a cold.
The ZOE Covid Study has tracked symptoms from cases and analysed data from them.
They looked at how Omicron has spread and compared it to the symptoms of Delta back in October when it was the dominant variant.
The study found that there was no clear difference between the symptoms of Omicron and Delta.
Just 50% of cases experienced the classic three symptoms of a loss of taste or smell, a new and persistent cough and fever.
The five symptoms found in both the Delta and Omicron variants were: Runny nose
- Fatigue (mild or severe)
- Sore throat.
Brain fog and a loss of appetite have also been listed as common symptoms across both waves.
Can I get a booster jab?
According to the NHS, everyone who has had their second jab at least three months ago and meets the following criteria can get a booster jab. The criteria are:
- you are aged 18 or over
- you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
- you are a frontline health or social care worker
- you live or work in a care home
- you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
- you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)