Vaccines offer substantial extra protection after COVID-19 infection


Two research yesterday in The Lancet Infectious Ailments affirm that COVID-19 vaccination confers substantial added safety—notably in opposition to extreme sickness—to these beforehand contaminated with the virus.

Within the first study, researchers in Brazil used a test-negative design to judge the impact of the CoronaVac, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), and Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in 30,910 folks reinfected with COVID-19 and 145,055 uninfected controls. The examine interval was Feb 24, 2020, to Nov 11, 2021, a interval that included the Delta variant surge however earlier than Omicron.

Vaccine effectiveness (VE) in opposition to symptomatic an infection in COVID-19 survivors no less than 14 days after vaccine sequence completion was 39.4% for CoronaVac, 56.0% for AstraZeneca, 44.0% for J&J, and 64.8% for Pfizer. VE in opposition to hospitalization or loss of life was 81.3% for CoronaVac, 89.9% for AstraZeneca, 57.7% for J&J, and 89.7% for Pfizer.

VE in opposition to symptomatic an infection was considerably larger after the second dose of the CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer vaccines than after the primary dose (main vaccination with J&J is one dose).

“Understanding the period and effectiveness of immunity for these vaccinated with a earlier COVID-19 prognosis turns into more and more necessary because the pandemic progresses and surges in new circumstances might happen because of extra transmissible variants,” examine coauthor Julio Croda, MD, PhD, of the Secretary of Well being Surveillance in Brazil, stated in a Lancet press release.

“There was ongoing public debate about whether or not beforehand contaminated people should be vaccinated,” he stated. “Our outcomes counsel that vaccine advantages far outweigh any potential threat and assist the case for vaccination.”

87% decrease threat of hospitalization

Within the second study, Umea College researchers retrospectively mined nationwide knowledge on 2,039,106 unvaccinated Swedish COVID-19 survivors matched to unvaccinated coronavirus-naïve residents (cohort 1) and recipients of 1 (2,962,318 folks) or two (3,567,810) COVID-19 vaccine doses after earlier an infection (cohorts 2 and three, respectively). Infections occurring from Mar 20, 2020, to Oct 4, 2021, and hospitalizations from Mar 30, 2020, to Sep 5, 2021, had been included.

Over a median follow-up of 164 days, 34,090 COVID-19 survivors in cohort 1 had been reinfected with, in contrast with 99,168 infections in coronavirus-naive members;  3,195 and 1,976, respectively, had been hospitalized.

After 3 months, earlier COVID-19 an infection was tied to a 95% decrease threat of reinfection (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 0.05) and an 87% (aHR, 0.13) decrease threat of hospitalization for as much as 20 months.

Over a median follow-up of 52 days, 639 COVID-19 survivors in cohort 2 who acquired 1 vaccine dose had been reinfected (8 had been hospitalized), in contrast with 1,662 and 113 unvaccinated survivors, respectively. One-dose on this group was linked to a 58% decrease threat of reinfection (aHR, 0.42) than earlier an infection for as much as 2 months, with indicators of waning thereafter as much as 9 months.

Throughout a median follow-up of 66 days, 438 COVID-19 survivors who acquired 2 vaccine doses had been reinfected, and 6 had been hospitalized, in contrast with 808 and 40 unvaccinated survivors, respectively. Two doses on this group had been related to a 66% decrease threat of reinfection (aHR, 0.34) than amongst unvaccinated survivors, with no important waning to 9 months. To forestall one reinfection in COVID-19 survivors throughout follow-up, 767 folks wanted to obtain two doses.

“These findings counsel that any passports used for societal restrictions might contemplate both a earlier an infection or vaccination as proof of immunity, versus vaccination solely,” co-lead creator Anna Nordstrom, MD, PhD, stated within the launch.

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