I wrote an article yesterday about the CDC recommending that survivors of COVID-19 should get vaccinated to improve their overall protection. I disagreed with their recommendation because there is evidence about how long natural or vaccine immunity lasts.
A couple of months into the vaccine distribution, medical authorities were already talking about booster shots with the only speculation that they would be needed.
Cleveland Clinic Study
https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/covid-immunity-vaccination/2021/06/09/id/1024476/ The Cleveland Clinic studied over 50,000 employees for nearly a half-year to determine the rate of reinfection of coronavirus with the survivors of COVID-19. Not a single person contracted the disease a second time.
https://www.news-medical.net/news/20210608/No-point-vaccinating-those-whoe28099ve-had-COVID-19-Findings-of-Cleveland-Clinic-study.aspx. The Cleveland Clinic study was divided people into four groups – one group (the control group) never having had the virus and no vaccinations, the second group of people who survived the virus and had no vaccinations, a third group comprised people never infected and received two doses of the vaccine. The fourth group was people who were infected with coronavirus and were also fully vaccinated.
Nearly 100% of positive infections came from the group with no previous infection and without vaccinations contracted – the control group. Less than 1% came from the vaccinated group. Zero reinfections occurred in the two groups of virus survivors – with and without any vaccines.
Duration of Immunity
https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.06.01.21258176v2 Ten months after the study, immunity levels remained strong. Yet, there had to be disclaimers to cover the theory that this dangerous pandemic has too many unknowns. The first disclaimer is that no one knows how long natural (or vaccine) immunity lasts.
The second disclaimer is that every person’s immune system is different; therefore, they do not know how well natural immunity will protect a person against viral variants. The third disclaimer is that some (rare) people get reinfected. In this study, the uninfected and vaccinated people (over 350) became reinfected. So much for comparing vaccines to natural immunity. The fifth disclaimer is that regardless of what the study results were, survivors should get a vaccine.
Natural immunity appears to be strong enough not to warrant vaccinations. This information might be critical in countries where vaccine shortages exist, and priorities must be set for the people awaiting vaccines.
Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout, I have maintained that we should have vaccinated the working-age crowd first since they interact more often in society. Inoculating the older generation feels good, but they are generally more restricted from society and less likely to get infected.
Yes, the virus is more virulent and deadly for those over 75 years of age, but how many more people caught the disease while waiting for the more vulnerable group to get the first right of refusal for the vaccines? Regardless, that was the government’s policy.
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