Is Natural Immunity an Option Against COVID-19?

Covid-19 vaccination record card with vials and syringe.
COVID-19 vaccination card with vaccine bottle. | Image by Bill Oxford

If you have had COVID-19 and survived it with an antibody test being positive, many believe that natural immunities are just as reliable as the protection of getting vaccinated.     

Natural Immunity, post-recovery antibodies that shield an individual against reinfection, according to Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.), “is absolutely one of the best things you could have, and some studies even show that it is more effective than vaccination.”   

While being interviewed on NTD.com during the Capital Reports segment, Harshbarger, a pharmacist, and businesswoman, spoke of the “Natural Immunity Is Real Act.”

She and ten other representatives support this bill requiring federal agencies to consider naturally acquired immunity from previous COVID-19 infection when issuing any rules or regulations to protect from COVID-19.   

“This bill is a necessary and timely legislative action due to President Biden’s continued politicization of COVID-19, which is creating division among Americans,” Harshbarger said.    

“Now more than ever, we need to pursue every scientific measure, including natural immunity. This bill can help mitigate the pandemic without threatening people’s jobs, economy, or denying Americans access to everyday life activities based on COVID-19 vaccination status,” she said.   

During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in late September, according to breitbat.com, Senator Rand Paul, a physician, spoke of an Israeli study that involved 2.5 million patients who recovered from COVID-19.

While studying the patients, they found that the vaccinated group was seven times more likely to get infected with covid than people who previously had covid naturally.    

Some experts have pushed for federal health officials to consider natural immunity when issuing recommendations and rules. Federal authorities currently recommend that everyone gets vaccinated, including those who have recovered, arguing that the strong protection gets even better when those who have recovered from COVID-19 get vaccinated.    

On CNN, US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said people could gain some immunity protection after contracting COVID-19, but it’s not nearly as strong as the vaccine. He believes that based on the data, the population needs as much protection as possible against the more contagious Delta variant.

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