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Why do unvaccinated COVID survivors also need a vaccine?

Los Angeles Times 07 October, 2021 - 11:49am

The contention that a prior infection provides protection from the virus that’s just as robust as being inoculated has long been used as an argument against requiring the shots. But health officials say there are a few reasons why everyone, including COVID-19 survivors, should roll up their sleeves.

Experts agree that getting, and then getting over, COVID-19 generally does confer some natural immunity. But the degree of that protection might differ depending on the person and may not last as long as a vaccination.

Data suggest that unvaccinated people who survive COVID-19 will be far more protected if they get vaccinated after recovering from their illness.

Customers must present proof of vaccination to enter many indoor businesses in Los Angeles starting Nov. 4 under an ordinance approved by the City Council.

“It is absolutely true,” she said of COVID-19 survivors who haven’t been vaccinated that “you have some immunity. But it doesn’t last for very long, or for long enough, given how long the pandemic is going on.”

Natural immunity isn’t bulletproof. There have been a number of documented reinfections of the coronavirus detected around the world.

The CDC now says that people who test positive for the coronavirus again three months after getting over a previous infection should be considered as having a new case of the virus, Ferrer said. Government officials suspect that their waning natural immunity allowed the virus to invade their bodies again.

“There’s more compelling evidence that indicates that if you’ve been infected, you really benefit tremendously from getting vaccinated. And that it really boosts your system … to be prepared to fend off the virus the next time there’s a threat to your body,” Ferrer said.

While it’s also possible for people who have been vaccinated to get infected, officials emphasize that those who are not inoculated still remain especially exposed, particularly given the omnipresence of the highly infectious Delta variant.

Unvaccinated Californians are roughly eight times more likely to get infected with the coronavirus — and almost 18 times more likely to die from COVID-19 — than their fully vaccinated counterparts, according to recent data from the state Department of Public Health.

Lawmakers are expressing concerns that allowing broad exemptions in the mandate will undermine the state’s effort to protect schools.

Aside from the uncertainty about the endurance of natural immunity, officials say there are practical reasons why the new vaccine requirements don’t include a carveout for those who have previously had the disease.

While physical and digital records are readily accessible for test results and vaccinations, officials say it would be impossible to assess the level of protection someone has gained from a prior infection.

L.A. County is one of the jurisdictions that have mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers. Starting Thursday, the county also will begin requiring participants and workers at outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees to provide proof of vaccination or show they’ve recently tested negative for the coronavirus.

At indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges, patrons and employees also will have to document that they’ve received at least one vaccine dose by Thursday and that they are fully vaccinated by Nov. 4.

Healthcare workers statewide also are being required to show proof of vaccination to continue to work, while allowing limited exemptions for medical and religious reasons.

Dr. Christina Ghaly, the L.A. County director of health services, said some county employees who have survived COVID-19 but have not been vaccinated have asked whether they have measurable levels of antibodies to prove they are immune to COVID-19.

There is currently no evidence that allows health officials to discern that, Ghaly said.

“As much as we might like to read into that, the evidence just isn’t there to support that kind of analysis at this point,” Ghaly said.

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Luke Money is a Metro reporter covering breaking news at the Los Angeles Times. He previously was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Daily Pilot, a Times Community News publication in Orange County, and before that wrote for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona.

Federal report shows life-saving benefits of COVID-19 vaccines in Ohio

Mahoning Matters 07 October, 2021 - 04:52am

COLUMBUS — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that COVID-19 vaccinations in Ohio may have helped prevent about 13,000 new COVID-19 infections, 5,300 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths among seniors in Ohio during the first five months of 2021. 

The study, which was conducted by researchers with HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, reviewed associations between Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and the proportion of the fully vaccinated population at the county level between January and May 2021. 

The study also found that nationally, vaccinations were linked to a reduction of about 265,000 COVID-19 infections, 107,000 hospitalizations and 39,000 deaths among Medicare beneficiaries between January and May 2021.

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“This report further puts numbers to something I have long said — vaccines save lives,” Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said in a news release. “COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 22,000 Ohioans, has hospitalized more than 74,000 and has caused more than 1.4 million infections. The remarkable COVID-19 vaccines can help prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19, and will prevent dangerous variants from taking hold.”

Ohio data shows that of those who were hospitalized with COVID-19 since January 2021, more than 96% were not reported to be fully vaccinated.

“Our vaccination goals have remained consistent: save lives and slow the spread by protecting Ohio’s most vulnerable individuals,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “Understanding there would be potential barriers to getting vaccinated, we worked with partners to remove those barriers, inform people about the vaccine and make the vaccine accessible.”

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