NEW DELHI: A clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, recently studied the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccination among people who caught the virus and those who haven’t.
According to the study, anyone who previously tested positive for a SARS-CoV-2 infection did not get additional benefits from the vaccine.
This finding seems to suggest that the vaccines should be prioritized to people who haven’t gotten the infection.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, this research provides insight into how the immune system protects the body once a body gets infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The study was conducted on 52,238 employees in the Cleveland Clinic. The clinic says “not a single incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection was observed in previously infected participants with or without vaccination.”
However, the clinic still recommends that anyone who can get the vaccine, should.
“We don’t know how long the immune system will protect against reinfection or protect against variants. We still recommend those eligible receive the vaccine,” a representative of the clinic told Fox 8.
“This data could guide vaccination efforts should there be a shortage of vaccine supply and in areas where vaccine supply is limited,” the clinic added.
Although the preliminary scientific reports are not peer-reviewed and, therefore, should not be regarded as conclusive, United States senator Rand Paul went on his personal Twitter and quoted from the study.
"Great news! Cleveland clinic study of 52,238 employees shows unvaccinated people who have had COVID 19 have no difference in re-infection rate than people who had COVID 19 and who took the vaccine," the Republican senator tweeted.
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