Severity of disease from any Omicron infection will be low in double-vaccinated persons: Sudhakar
Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday that the Omicron-infected Bengaluru doctor has ‘no health issues or any symptoms’.
Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, he said only two Omicron cases were detected in Karnataka, while new infections have been discovered in other states. The doctor concerned is being treated at Bowring Hospital and is in regular contact with the hospital director.
Noting that even if one is infected with the Omicron variant, the severity of the disease will be low in double-vaccinated people, the Minister urged all eligible people to get vaccinated at the earliest.
Other points of the Health Minister:
• Compared to the Delta variant, Omicron is creating anxiety only in terms of its spread.
• Countries with a high incidence of Omicron infections, including Botswana and South Africa, have not witnessed any severe cases.
• The percentage of first-dose vaccine takers in Karnataka is over 93% and of 2nd-dose takers 64%. Karnataka ranks third in the country in vaccination coverage and its vaccine programme is scheduled to be completed by the end of December.
• Karnataka still has about 70 lakh vaccines in stock. Everyone should voluntarily get vaccinated.
• The history of any pandemic shows that the 2nd wave is always huge and the 3rd wave is less impactful.
• The Delta variant had no effect on children, and Omicron’s severity is less than that of Delta.