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Can This new Scheme Help Improve Vaccination Rates in the UK? 

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We often hear the expression “proof is in the pudding”, so why not use X-ray scans of vaccinated people and non-vaccinated people to show the difference in symptoms when contracting the virus. 

This is exactly what a health system serving Missouri and other states in the US is hoping to do, as cases rise across the country. What can the UK learn from this to get Britain vaccinated?

An issue especially affecting young people in the UK, it is expected that this scheme will encourage them to change their minds.

Physical evidence is hoped to boost vaccination rates

SSM Health who is a non-profit system based in the US has started to publicise two images captured by X-ray. One is from a vaccinated person who has contracted the virus and the second of a non-vaccinated person with COVID-19. 

Having the images side by side you can see the stark differences between the two patients. This aims to disprove the ‘you can still get the virus, so what is the point’ opinions of people yet to get the vaccine. 


The white space in the image highlights where the virus has infiltrated the lungs. Compare this to the image on the right, the evidence is stacked that the vaccine helps prevent serious symptoms of the virus.

Vaccination hugely reduces the chance of hospitalisation

Additionally, it was noted that the unvaccinated patient required medical attention, while the vaccinated patient did not. Ghassan Kamel, MD, director of the medical ICU at SLU hospital in St. Louis, added: “They definitely at least would require oxygen and sometimes they would require more than just oxygen.”

They might require the ventilator or get intubated on mechanical ventilation, sedated, and basically on life support

Quadrant Health also heard “They might require the ventilator or get intubated on mechanical ventilation, sedated, and basically on life support.” 

The X-ray image of the vaccinated infected patient is a rare captured image, as less than one per cent contracting the virus after receiving their jab. 

It is hoped that what is being published in the US can be replicated in the UK as we push for more people to get vaccinated as we return back to normal.