Research points to vaccination either before or after a confirmed case of COVID-19 could create a ‘super immunity.’
A new study suggests that having a COVID-19 infection and getting vaccinated can create a super immunity. It is advised not to intentionally become infected to try to boost immunity.
What is super immunity?
Researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University have been doing their own research on the COVID-19 vaccine and virus. Additional details are available here.
The researchers found that getting the vaccine after recovering from the coronavirus provides similar protection to getting COVID-19 virus after vaccination. Vaccination first followed by infection is noted to create this ‘super immunity.’
In both situations, vaccination first or infection first, antibodies are much stronger. The antibodies in people who have been vaccinated and infected, were found to be 10 times stronger than those who were never infected.
Why does it matter?
The Oregon Health & Science University previously published a study found that breakthrough infections from the Delta variant led to a “robust immune response.”
Researchers speculate that the immune response generated will be “highly effective” against COVID-19 and its variants.
People who have super immunity are better protected from COVID-19 infection and severe symptoms.