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The Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a study that found that anyone who previously tested positive for a SARS-CoV-2 infection did not get additional benefits from the vaccine.
The clinic says this research provides insight into how the immune system protects the body once a COVID-19 infection is confirmed. During the study that 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.” The clinic still recommends that anyone who can get the vaccine, should.
The Cleveland Clinic tells FOX 8, “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.” The statement goes on to say, “This data could guide vaccination efforts should there be a shortage of vaccine supply and in areas where vaccine supply is limited” [WFLA].
Given the limited availability of the vaccines in certain countries, the findings add to the growing belief that the vaccines should be prioritized for those who haven’t previously had COVID-19. “I’d likely keep those doses for the un-immune, those who haven’t had prior infection, and then go back and decide if we need to immunize [previously ill people],” Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases specialist with the University of California San Francisco, told Healthline.
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