A new study from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has found that people who’ve already had COVID-19 may not necessarily benefit from vaccination.
The research indicates that out of a large pool of healthcare workers, there were nearly 0 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection among those who had:
-previously contracted the virus and were unvaccinated
-previously contracted the virus and were vaccinated
-never contracted the virus and were vaccinated
There was, however, a steady increase in cases among unvaccinated people who hadn’t previously contracted SARS-CoV-2.
According to the researchers, the findings suggest that natural infection provides immunity similar to vaccination. Therefore, people who haven’t had COVID-19 can be prioritized for vaccination.
Experts say that more research is needed to determine how long immunity lasts after a case of COVID-19. Until we have that data, some infectious disease specialists are recommending that people who’ve had COVID-19 still get one dose.
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