As of February 2022, the UK
government have lifted all COVID-19 restrictions. For many, it feels like life
may be returning to normal.
However, it is important to
recognise and validate the realities of others around us. Persistence of COVID
fear is particularly high in older and disabled populations. For example, the
over 70s are more than twice as likely (71%) to avoid crowded places due to
COVID-19 compared to the 16-24 group (33%). Meanwhile, disabled people are
almost two times less likely (6%) to believe their lives have returned to
normal compared to non-disabled people (11%).
Luckily, vaccines have proven to
be highly protective against hospitalisation (up to 95%*) and death (over 90% **),
meaning that staying up to date with booster schedules is effective for keeping
members of our at-risk populations protected.
Office for National Statistics
* A Moderna
booster following any primary vaccine leads to 90 to 95% effectiveness against
hospitalisation up to 9 weeks after vaccination.
levels of protection (over 90%) are seen against mortality with all 3 vaccines
(Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer) and against both the Alpha and Delta
variants with relatively limited waning.