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TOWIE’s Bobby Norris gives Sharon Gaffka a Covid booster after signing up as a volunteer vaccinator

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TOWIE's Bobby Norris gives Sharon Gaffka a Covid booster after signing up as a volunteer vaccinator

Bobby Norris helped give out booster jabs on Wednesday after training as a volunteer vaccinator.

The TOWIE star, 35, who became a volunteer NHS worker earlier this year, was joined by co-star James Argent, 34, and Love Island‘s Sharon Gaffka, 25, who received her booster from Bobby.     

The reality TV personality revealed that he was very happy with the turnout as people flocked to Wembley to receive their vaccines. 

Helping out: TOWIE's Bobby Norris gave Love Island's Sharon Gaffka her Covid booster at Wembley Stadium's vaccine drive on Wednesday after signing up as a volunteer vaccinator

Helping out: TOWIE's Bobby Norris gave Love Island's Sharon Gaffka her Covid booster at Wembley Stadium's vaccine drive on Wednesday after signing up as a volunteer vaccinator

Helping out: TOWIE’s Bobby Norris gave Love Island’s Sharon Gaffka her Covid booster at Wembley Stadium’s vaccine drive on Wednesday after signing up as a volunteer vaccinator

Speaking to The Sun, he said: ‘The more jabs in arms we can do, the better. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first, your second or your booster. Just come.’

James added that he was pleased to see his longtime pal, Bobby, in action as he administered the vaccines.  

He said: ‘It’s important that everyone makes their own decisions. I wanted to get a booster because it makes me feel safer.’

‘I know it also makes my parents and grandparents happier to be around me.’

Volunteer: Bobby was also joined by co-star James Argent at the booster drive

Volunteer: Bobby was also joined by co-star James Argent at the booster drive

Volunteer: Bobby was also joined by co-star James Argent at the booster drive 

Former Islander Sharon revealed: ‘I am now triple vaccinated. My brother is a frontline worker as a nurse in the NHS and my mum is clinically vulnerable so for me it’s so important that I protect my family and others around me.’

Speaking on her Instagram Story, she later added: ‘One thing I didn’t expect to come from today, was to get my booster by Bobby Norris!’

Sharon continued: ‘I promise he’s gentle guys’ as Bobby proudly grinned in the background.   

Surprise! Sharon added: 'One thing I didn't expect to come from today, was to get my booster by Bobby Norris!'

Surprise! Sharon added: 'One thing I didn't expect to come from today, was to get my booster by Bobby Norris!'

Surprise! Sharon added: ‘One thing I didn’t expect to come from today, was to get my booster by Bobby Norris!’

Sharon continued: 'I promise he's gentle guys' as Bobby proudly grinned in the background

Sharon continued: 'I promise he's gentle guys' as Bobby proudly grinned in the background

Sharon continued: ‘I promise he’s gentle guys’ as Bobby proudly grinned in the background

Proud friends: Bobby, 35, who became a volunteer NHS worker earlier this year, was joined by James Argent, 34, and the pair also met up with Love Island's Joe Garratt

Proud friends: Bobby, 35, who became a volunteer NHS worker earlier this year, was joined by James Argent, 34, and the pair also met up with Love Island's Joe Garratt

Proud friends: Bobby, 35, who became a volunteer NHS worker earlier this year, was joined by James Argent, 34, and the pair also met up with Love Island’s Joe Garratt 

In February, Bobby trained up with St John Ambulance and completed his training as a Covid-19 Volunteer Vaccinator.

He announced the news on Instagram as he penned: ‘Today I completed my training as a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator.  

‘This pandemic has affected us all in one way or another and after contracting the virus myself over Christmas and finding out first hand just how awful it really is, I decided that once I was better I wanted to do whatever I could to help others.’

Proud: In February, Bobby trained up with St John Ambulance and completed his training as a Covid-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Proud: In February, Bobby trained up with St John Ambulance and completed his training as a Covid-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Proud: In February, Bobby trained up with St John Ambulance and completed his training as a Covid-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Training: He announced the news on Instagram as he penned: 'Today I completed my training as a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Training: He announced the news on Instagram as he penned: 'Today I completed my training as a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

Training: He announced the news on Instagram as he penned: ‘Today I completed my training as a COVID-19 Volunteer Vaccinator

‘I’m really looking forward to getting out there and doing my part in supporting the NHS in the rollout of the vaccine.’ 

Bobby took his training at Stansted airport Radisson Blu hotel and proudly held up his certificate to show he’d passed the course.

During his training Bobby learned how to inject the vaccine and practised injections using a silicone sponge.

Bobby previously told how he still had coronavirus symptoms three weeks after testing positive for the virus last year.  

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOTS AND WHEN SHOULD THEY GET THEM?

By Mary Kekatos, U.S. Health Editor for DailyMail.com 

What are COVID-19 vaccine boosters? 

A booster shot is given at least two months after people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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It is meant to prolong immunity and give a ‘boost’ to the immune system to create higher levels of antibodies against the virus.

Is vaccine protection waning? 

Several studies have recently suggested that vaccine protection does decrease over time. 

A recent study from the Public Health Institute in Oakland, California, found that the overall effectiveness of the three Covid vaccines available in the U.S. fell from 87% in March to 48% by September.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine saw its protection wane the most, dropping from 86% in March to below 50% by September, and down to only 13% in October. 

The Pfizer-BioNTech jab saw its effectiveness drop from 87% in March to 43% in September. 

Moderna’s shot held up the best, but still fell from 89% in March to 58% in September. 

However, health officials insist that vaccines are still highly effective against the most severe outcomes from COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. 

Additionally, some people have weakened immune systems, either due to medical conditions or to age, that have left them unable to mount a full immune response to the first doses.  

Who is currently eligible? 

All U.S. adults aged 18 and older who are fully vaccinated can receive a booster shot.

The first group authorized to receive boosters was Americans with compromised immune systems, with that decision coming in August.

Next, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded that authorization to specific at-risk groups.

These included people aged 65 and older, long-term care facility residents and people aged 18 to 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions.

Also authorized are those at high risk due to their jobs or other factors, such as healthcare workers, teachers and grocery store employees – and those who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters.

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In November, this authorization was expanded to include all adults regardless of risk factors for severe illness.

Which COVID-19 vaccine booster can I get?

Americans can get any of the three authorized boosters.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s booster shots are administered at least six months after the final shot.

J&J’s booster shot is given at least two months after the final dose.  

Pfizer’s and J&J’s booster shots are exactly the same – both ingredients-wise and dosage (30 micrograms and 0.5 milliliters, respectively) – as the primary doses. 

Moderna’s booster shot is 50 micrograms – half the dosage of its original vaccine.  

Can I mix and match?

Yes, federal health officials say Americans can get booster shots made by a different vaccine manufacturer than that of their initial doses.

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health presented data at an FDA advisory committee meeting in October showing the effectiveness of mixing-and-matching. 

The report found that when recipients of the one-shot J&J vaccine received a second dose, their antibody levels increased four-fold over two weeks.

Comparatively, when they received a Moderna booster, their antibody levels spiked 76-fold over the same time period. 

A booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine also raised antibody levels 45-fold over the course of two weeks – higher than the J&J shot, but not as high as the Moderna shot.

What’s more, the Moderna booster was also found to raise antibody levels higher Pfizer recipients. 

Americans who received two doses of the Pfizer saw their antibody levels increase 21-fold after a third Pfizer shot.

But those given the Moderna booster had antibody levels raised 32-fold over the span of 14 days.

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