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Study shows vaccine gives longer-lasting protection than immunity from having COVID-19

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 5, 2021

FILE - A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., on Sept. 14, 2021. U.S. regulators have opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all and more adults, Friday, Nov. 19, letting them choose another dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.  (Associated Press)
FILE - A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., on Sept. 14, 2021. U.S. regulators have opened up COVID-19 booster shots to all and more adults, Friday, Nov. 19, letting them choose another dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. (Associated Press)

Vaccinations offer better protection against COVID-19 than immunity from being infected with the virus, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While much research is being conducted around immunity, it’s still unclear just how long a person is immune from the virus after testing positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination, particularly with mRNA vaccines, has been associated with longer immunity, however.

A new CDC study of more than 7,000 hospitalized patients in nine states found that people who tested positive for the virus earlier in the pandemic but remained unvaccinated were five times more likely to have COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated with no prior infection.

Vaccines provide more consistent and robust immunity to protect people from hospitalization and death for at least six months.

“We now have additional evidence that reaffirms the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, even if you have had prior infection,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “This study adds more to the body of knowledge demonstrating the protection of vaccines against severe disease from COVID-19.”

The study builds on research out of Kentucky earlier this year that found being unvaccinated after testing positive for the virus in 2020 was associated with more than two times the odds of reinfection compared with full vaccination.

Once symptoms resolve and a person has recovered from the virus, they are eligible to be vaccinated.

Those who receive convalescent plasma or monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 need to wait 30 to 90 days until they are eligible to be vaccinated, depending on which treatment they received.

Additionally, anyone who has been diagnosed with multi-inflammatory syndrome following a COVID infection should wait at least 90 days after their infection to be vaccinated, as well as consult their health care provider before they do.

Here’s a look at local numbers

The Spokane Regional Health District reported 172 COVID-19 cases on Thursday and three additional deaths.

There have been 993 deaths due to COVID-19 in Spokane County residents.

There are 124 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the county.

The Panhandle Health District reported 194 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths. There are 1,460 backlogged cases at the district.

There have been 631 deaths due to COVID-19 in Panhandle residents.

There are 108 Panhandle residents hospitalized with the virus. Kootenai Health has 103 COVID inpatients.

Arielle Dreher's reporting for The Spokesman-Review is primarily funded by the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, with additional support from Report for America and members of the Spokane community. These stories can be republished by other organizations for free under a Creative Commons license. For more information on this, please contact our newspaper’s managing editor.

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