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Omicron: 'Vaxxed' persons having milder symptoms, recovering faster– Dr Georges

- said for unvaccinated persons, risks are greater and data shows it
Vaccinated persons are generally having milder symptoms and recovering much faster from Omicron, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges has stated. Photo:
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges said the unvaccinated can expect more severe symptoms from Omicron and the data shows it. Photo: Facebook
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges said the unvaccinated can expect more severe symptoms from Omicron and the data shows it. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With Omicron named the culprit behind the Virgin Islands' latest COVID-19 surge, the variant is impacting the vaccinated and the unvaccinated in different ways, according to the territory’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges.

Appearing as a virtual presenter during an update on the territory’s COVID-19 situation on January 7, 2022, Dr Georges made a clear distinction between the vaccinated and unvaccinated and said the impacts of Omicron on both are raising concerns.  

Omicron & Vaxxed vs Unvaxxed 

“Even though persons who are vaccinated still could get infected, they have a much, much, much milder course of infection, and they recover much quicker,” he said.

For those who are unvaccinated, he said the risks are greater and global data shows it. Dr Georges added that unvaccinated persons can expect severe impacts of the Omicron variant.

“Persons who are unvaccinated have a greater chance of having a more severe course and a longer course, and then having a greater chance of complications and hospitalisation, that’s one point.”

Further, having both doses of a two-shot vaccine and then a third dose comes with added benefits, according to the medical doctor.

He said booster shots have been shown to reduce the level of infection and infectivity by Omicron by 50% to 75%.

Also appearing in the update was Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), who reiterated his call for persons to get vaccinated as the ultimate tool of protection against the virus.

Dr Georges added, “So this is why as the Minister mentioned, vaccination and boosters remain one of the mainstays of our strategy to deal with this surge.”

Impacts on healthcare system 

Meanwhile, Dr Georges detailed that due to the large number of cases that come from the Omicron variant, challenges emerge where it becomes difficult to track the cases, including more challenges with the variant overwhelming the capacity to effectively contact trace.

“So, as I mentioned before, the Omicron variant outbreaks are generally much faster and larger than other variants, so the curve shoots up very quickly. And there's a considerable number of persons who are impacted, even though it's mild, the number is generally quite large.”

He said to mitigate the effects, health authorities will try to maintain and protect the local hospital capacity, given the large numbers of cases expected.

Dr Georges added that the hospital is also making provision for more medication, PPE’s and critical supplies, with conversations ongoing for public/private partnership regarding the management of mild cases in the community.

39 Responses to “Omicron: 'Vaxxed' persons having milder symptoms, recovering faster– Dr Georges”

  • Sell out (10/01/2022, 10:27) Like (56) Dislike (35) Reply
    Hmm... Sure. It is expected that you would say that, Dr. Georges. All this is a sham to get people vaccinated. Talk about the people all around the world who have died from these vaccines. This is a crime against humanity and you all continue to lie and deceive the people. What a sad time in this world's history. Thank God that He will soon leave the Most Holy Place and pronounce, "He that is righteous, let him be righteous still, he that is filthy, let him be filthy still." Too much wickedness from bright-faced people.
    • To Sell Out and... (10/01/2022, 12:16) Like (32) Dislike (53) Reply

      Are you all idiots???
      This man is trying to HELP and all these IDIOT bloggers with their misinformation and disinformation and twisting of facts and outright BS...and using God to back up their self righteous beliefs and garbage “information”.
      You are prolonging the pandemic for everyone!
      If you refuse to get vaccinated then Just STFU and @-off!!

      • @To Sell Out and... (10/01/2022, 18:32) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
        As Dr. Robert Malone said you vaccinated guys are going through Mass Formation Psychosis which is a fancy term for hypnosis. It’s sad to see that you’ve been lie to and you continue to believe. What a time to be alive
    • W*F (10/01/2022, 20:00) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      It’s kinda scary that I live with ppl in this country that think vaccines are bad. I hate to say it but maybe natural selection will solve the problem.
    • Dr. Macron (10/01/2022, 20:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr. Georges please tell the truth...the whole truth and nothing but the truth....please.....
  • resident (10/01/2022, 10:38) Like (35) Dislike (57) Reply
    Went to get my booster yesterday and was impressed with the organization. Despite the number of persons, the entire process took such a short time. Kudos to BVIHSA. Despite all the rhetoric from the anti vaxxers many persons are getting their vaccines and boosters. Great!
    • Blindman (10/01/2022, 12:34) Like (35) Dislike (10) Reply
      Thats what fear does to you , will take anything to live regardless of the outcome.
    • @ Resident. Happy 4u. (10/01/2022, 14:20) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
      My dear. I am fully vax but im so against the vaccine because of the lies. 1st it will prevent us. 2nd it wont prevent us from catching it but it will stop us from getting sick..3rd it will stop us from dying. All these were proven to be wrong. The vaccine is not living up to expectation. However the way the thing set taking the vaccine is the only course to freedom. They wont free us if they dont accomplish their vaccine agenda...
  • Just saying (10/01/2022, 10:41) Like (39) Dislike (9) Reply
    Because Corona viruses specialize in mutating like most other respiratory viruses, which is why we have never been able to "vaccinate" against flus and colds. I shouldn't have to say this because it should be obvious by now, but you'll never be "vaccinated" good luck with your semi annual boosters.
    • To Just Saying... (10/01/2022, 13:09) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
      While it’s correct that there is no vaccination against the common cold, it is incorrect to say there is no vaccination against flu. It’s been around for many many decades. First used by military troupe in WWII. Widely used since the 1950’s.
    • @Just Saying (10/01/2022, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      More like quarterly
  • you need to stop (10/01/2022, 10:56) Like (55) Dislike (12) Reply
    Stop the cap! You all will say any and anything for the sake of this vaccine. What a time such as this when you are force to put something in you body without consent and being put in fear. There are vaccinated persons who are-experiencing some severe symptoms. Be honest and stop the lies. The wickedness of man have grown so much. God will bring damnation on a lot of your all wickedness!
    • Peaches (10/01/2022, 12:19) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
      @you need to stop you couldn't have said it better! These people are evil!!
    • True Dat (10/01/2022, 18:15) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      And when someone who is fully vaccinated dies from Covid they say it's other underlying conditions. Just be honest and we would be able to understand the risks
  • L**s (10/01/2022, 11:16) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
  • as far as i see (10/01/2022, 11:20) Like (20) Dislike (13) Reply
    only the vaxxed getting
  • Thanks (10/01/2022, 11:31) Like (23) Dislike (38) Reply
    Thanks Dr. George’s, for keeping us informed. I wish people will listen to you for the sake of the Community Health.
  • tola (10/01/2022, 11:56) Like (16) Dislike (29) Reply
    Im not vax but I’m seeing the facts by watching family and friends that contacted the virus and the vaccine works. We unvaccinated might not all get hospitalized but the virus stays with the unvaccinated longer then the vaccinated and most vaccinated are not getting symptoms only a very small percentage. The facts are in our faces don’t just listen to the conspiracy theories look around and see for your selves.
  • More lies (10/01/2022, 12:16) Like (47) Dislike (7) Reply
    How long will the people continue to accept the lies from these bold face liers?
  • Common Sense (10/01/2022, 12:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    simple logic with the pandemic between those who catch it and have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated.
    Michael Jordan and I both play basketball...
  • SMH (10/01/2022, 12:40) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ronald fauci ain’t tired brainwash ppl
  • Mathamatix (10/01/2022, 13:00) Like (40) Dislike (6) Reply
    I so sick of these puppet heads. Mr George please site your sources. Give us something better than what you telling us..... Numbers don't lie, people do. Yes we understand that yall have to push and defend the jabs in this 1 sided manner because if you cannot deliver as per the terms of the contract..... vaccine companies like pfizer can gain ownership and control of state assets. Many of us Bvislanders know exactly what yall have put up in collateral for certain jabs to be used here. All people need to do is search the Pfizer contract terms of agreement in places like India, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and the list goes on.....we ain stupid....most of us are but not all.....
    • When Trump Return.. (10/01/2022, 14:10) Like (20) Dislike (7) Reply
      This pandemic is a criminal act archestrated by big pharmaceutical in conjunction with WHO to oppressed medical marijuana..and push their vaccine and pharmaceuticals as the dominant medicine...When Trump return as President in two yrs. The world will be free again..These present world leaders are weak corrupt. One thing. They cant bribe Trump....
  • Stupes (10/01/2022, 13:25) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    who want the vaccine and boosters take it, who dont want it dont take it and yall stop the damn bickering, plain and simple , time will tell the greatest things ....
  • Fully Vax Bubble Jouvert in SK. (10/01/2022, 14:01) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lok people. Look a beautiful site. Look fun. Life can be nice.. I love it. Free the people.. Our leaders like been bossy and controlling. Free the people. A happy people is a healthy people...
  • Un-injected (10/01/2022, 14:03) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
    How can one be considered "unvaccinated" when the shot is not even a vaccine in the first place? Changing the definition of vaccination makes no difference. It only shows how dishonest people can be. The whole process lacks transparency. Too many lies. The person who died recently, which was counted as a covid death, was fully "vaccinated". Wasn't the shot supposed to keep them alive? If the person had underlying conditions and took the shot for that reason then what happened? Doesn't one life matter? Liars, liars, liars! Keep on taking your boosters. Perhaps one day in the distant future "fully vaccinated" status will finally be achieved. One more thing, several persons in the BVI community who took the shot have been talking about the very severe side effects they have been experiencing. Some are ashamed to go public because they believed in the shot which has now messed them up. They have declared that they will not be taking any boosters so good luck with that. Come clean and allow people to make up their own minds. Stop with all the lies and omissions. It's deceptive. Telling people who believed in the shot that they can still catch and spread the virus is not very reassuring. What about treatment options? Stop complaining about hospital this and that when you refuse to offer treatment options. A jab is NOT treatment and is hardly a preventative measure. Nobody wants to get sick but stop telling people it will prevent them from becoming severely ill and even dying. It's a lie. Talk about misinformation and disinformation!
  • Global Data (10/01/2022, 14:26) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nice to know that our Chief Medical officer is checking the worlds global data. Please remember in life everything there are two sides to everything. Truth or lie, Wrong or Right, up or down etc. People with common sense has realize by now that the only solution that is being pushed is vaccine, vaccine, booster , booster and that's it. God is a jealous God and you all have remove him out of the mist.(And dont say that God send the vaccines like some religious leaders because God is not a God of confusion and this vaccine brought pure confusion and Tyranny and God does not ramp with a medical rod with a serpent wrapped around it"world health organization". Since you all are not pushing for proper diet and exercise and praying to God for healing and protection and all of a sudden vaccines are the new hero's then let the public know (1) Have the vaccines cause any deaths in the BVI and world wide and if yes what are the numbers.(2) Have the vaccines been causing heat damage here and abroard and if yes what are the numbers (3) Is the Governments and the public health of those days guilty of crimes against humanity with the Tuskegee Experiment and the Aids experiment (4) Did Ronald Reagan in 1986 signed the national vaccine injury act which would shield the Phamaceutical companies from further lawsuits and thats why they are not held responsible for any adverse reactions and last but not least is it true that in these new vaccines they are taken genetically modified organisms and injecting it into children arms and they can also lower the earths population by 10-15 % like the owner for the patent said live in an interview. If your really serious about health please clarify. People still trying to figure out if lower population means save lives or kill. (The Art of War)
  • Certain (10/01/2022, 14:28) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing is certain. All the fully vaccinated are reading this and they know how they feel and they will know the truth and will have problems believing anything else going forward. You don’t have to argue how much a pound of fish weighs if you have a scale. Put it on the scale
  • Smh (10/01/2022, 14:56) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why is it everyone I know with COVID are double V and the ones that are not V none of them got it!!!
    • Comment (11/01/2022, 13:21) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @truth, I came across several persons who are vaccinated but would not wear a mask, or wear it correctly. I believe many of them truly believe that they have taking the cure shot to the Covid.
      • Secret Bear (12/01/2022, 04:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Tortola is the only place on earth that thinks a piece of cloth on your face is better protection than a vaccine. Not that the vaccines are perfect, but cloth masks are 100 percent useless. The sooner you realize that you're wearing a chain link fence to keep out mosquitoes, the better.
  • Tongue Fu (10/01/2022, 14:58) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Amazing how it the goalposts have shifted from preventing infection and transmission to milder symptoms. Why do they no longer tell us the vax status of the hospitalized? i would think that it would provide evidence of his assertion. In the same press release Dr. Georges said that the persons being hospitalized are staying shorter and don't need oxygen. Hmmm.

    99% of the people who get covid survive it and I am sure they are a lot of unvaxxed in that 99%. At the end of the day it should come down to personal choice but it is not that way. Everywhere around you bullying and coercion.
  • Concern citizen (10/01/2022, 15:36) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Omicron: 'Vaxxed' persons having milder symptoms, recovering faster"
  • MadRas (10/01/2022, 16:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply

    Them could say what them want cause them aint no sh**, Almighty of ALL this living created up to fight or wilt. Vaccine aint stopping sh** u still getting sick, if u meant you die ,u will

  • DEDE (10/01/2022, 17:11) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I know I said in my earlier post I would leave it for now but I forgot to include somethings. These issue have been puzzling me for a while and I’m hoping you can shed some light on them.

    1. According to virologist and many other experts in the field a virus can only survive if it’s attach to a living (humans and animals). Once the virus exit the body it have a minimum time survive. It is my understanding from what was said that if someone infected cough, sneeze, it must fall directly into the next person for it to survive. Thus hand washing and sanitizing. If it falls on other surfaces especially in areas such as our it burn out in few second. If this is the case then why does everyone need as mask and to be vaccinated. Why treat those that have been infected.

    2. As I said before I read a lot and came across a few interesting articles but two stand out. One was the Oxford AstraZeneca study and the other about complain file by countries against China. They all had something in common. They claim the strain of the virus that started this pandemic was out since 2014. Do you know anything about this or the articles? Do you have any info on what could have happened between 2014 and March 2020 that now have us in our current situation?

    3. How old is the vaccine? This is serious and I ask this because on several occasions, I’ve heard President Biden say it over 20 years old. I can recall him saying this when he got is first shout and more recent when he mandated the vaccine thru Executive Orders and again thru his legal team that currently arguing said mandate at the Supreme Court.

    Looking forward to a response.
  • Local (10/01/2022, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The hospital staff and government workers need to take a deep breath and finally start coming out of the shadows.....Yall are heavily underpaid, Ill treated, used, abused and then forgotten. Yall need to band together and expose these ppl as frauds, what the hell yall got to lose at this point? They can't fire and threaten all of yall...... They don't have enough money to stock syringes, masks, yet alone printing paper so wtf can They really do outside of empty threats and letters of dismissal. But then the work still need to get yall need to wake up and see who really need who.
  • But wait (11/01/2022, 00:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Didn’t they say omricon is more contagious but not as deadly ?
    Had Nothing to
    Do with unvaccinated or vaccinated
    Soo why is it being twisted here ?
  • Jada Adams (11/01/2022, 08:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    I ain vaccinated and had covid since 29th of december , got tested came out postive . i have been quarantine for 10 days. feel better and redo my test again i came out negative. That vaccination dont mean sh**

  • Secret Bear (12/01/2022, 04:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They're ALL having milder symptoms. Omicron is a COLD.

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