For months on end, Americans who have chosen to remain unvaccinated have been harangued for their beliefs by the mainstream media. Any sort of data-driven conversation they’ve tried to have about the safety and efficacy of these vaccines has been shut down by an online army of pro-inoculation accounts.
For many, there were concerns that the swift development of these vaccines would lead to unhealthy side effects, or perhaps a quickened inefficiency that would, in turn, lead to the need for perpetual COVID booster shots, much like the common flu.
And, if COVID is to be treated like the common flu, isn’t that some sort of validation for the anti-vaccine crowd’s arguments?
A new study has now confirmed some of these concerns.
Two real-world studies published Wednesday confirm that the immune protection offered by two doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine drops off after two months or so, although protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death remains strong.
The studies, from Israel and from Qatar and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, support arguments that even fully vaccinated people need to maintain precautions against infection.
One study from Israel covered 4,800 health care workers and showed antibody levels wane rapidly after two doses of vaccine “especially among men, among persons 65 years of age or older, and among persons with immunosuppression.”
And then, even more shockingly:
The study also indicated that immunity for people who get vaccinated after natural Covid-19 infection lasts longer. It’s especially strong for people who recovered from infection and then got vaccinated, also. “Overall, the accumulating evidence from our study and others shows that long-term humoral response and vaccine effectiveness in previously infected persons were superior to that in recipients of two doses of vaccine,” they wrote.
The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that COVID booster shots may become a fairly regular occurrence for those who’ve received certain vaccines.