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Covid-19 vaccine and coronavirus: Latest news

A pharmacist fills a syringe with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Oct. 1 in San Rafael, California.
A pharmacist fills a syringe with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Oct. 1 in San Rafael, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Vaccination protects people much better from coronavirus infection than previous infection, a team of researchers led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.

The team said their findings should help settle debates about whether people who are infected should get vaccinated. It should, the researchers said.

People who had not been vaccinated and ended up in hospital were five times more likely to get Covid-19 than people who had been vaccinated in the past three to six months, they found.

“All eligible individuals should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, including unvaccinated individuals previously infected with SARS-CoV-2,” the researchers wrote in the CDC’s weekly report, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. -report.

“We now have additional evidence confirming the importance of COVID-19 vaccines, even if you’ve had an infection before,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement.

“This study adds more to the body of knowledge demonstrating the protection of vaccines against severe disease from COVID-19. The best way to stop COVID-19, including the emergence of variants, is with widespread COVID-19 vaccination and with disease prevention measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands often, physical distancing and staying home when sick.”

About the study: Researchers across the country collected data on 7,000 people treated for Covid-like illnesses at 187 hospitals in nine states between January and September. All were tested for the coronavirus. Those who had not been vaccinated were 5.49 times more likely to test positive for coronavirus than those who had been vaccinated in the past three to six months – even if they had a recent Covid-19 infection.

The CDC noted that a recent Israeli study found the exact opposite, but also noted that the Israeli study looked at people who had been vaccinated six months earlier or longer. “It is important to understand infection-induced and vaccine-induced immunity over time, especially for future studies,” they wrote.

“In this study, the benefit of vaccination compared to infection without vaccination was found to be greater for recipients of the Moderna vaccine than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is consistent with a recent study that found higher vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19- hospitalizations for Moderna vaccine recipients than for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients,” she added.