American workers who recovered from COVID-19 want vaccine mandate exemptions. They said that they already developed antibodies naturally. So, their company shouldn’t insist on vaccinations anymore. Earlier exposure gave them natural protection against the virus.
Recovering Workers Looking For Vaccine Mandate Exemptions
Last September, the US Labor Department recommended that private companies issue vaccine mandates. Otherwise, unvaccinated workers will need regular COVID-19.
As a result, many American workers face dismissal if they still refuse vaccination. They range from healthcare workers to teachers to military personnel.
Many workers who got sick from COVID-19 and recovered now feel no need for vaccines. They recovered from the virus without any ill effects.
Now, they’re asking why they still need to get vaccines. In addition, why should companies prevent them from working if they already recovered from COVID-19?
Last month, Attorneys General from 24 states wrote President Joe Biden a letter. They asked for vaccine mandate exemptions for workers who recovered from COVID-19.
This covers mandate exemptions for 120 million Americans who survived infection. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) sought to block enforcement of vaccine mandates.
He said that the conversation isn’t a debate between vaccinated or unvaccinated. Instead, it needs to focus between those who are immune and those who are non-immune.
Research Results Mixed
Previous research comparing immune responses from two camps showed mixed results. One camp included unvaccinated workers who recovered from COVID-19. The other group consisted of uninfected workers with complete vaccination.
Some studies said that mRNA vaccine produce a higher level of neutralizing antibodies. However, both groups reported a drop in antibody levels over time. This reduces the immunity developed by both groups.
Both patient groups also produce memory B-cells and T-cells. B-cells and T-cells are immune cells that provide extra protection.
Here, natural antibodies seem to have an advantage. Previously infected patients developed more potent memory-B cells compared to vaccinated people.
‘Better Neutralization Capacity’
Another study by Yale University researchers compared immune responses. The first group consisted of Covid-19 patients who also got vaccines with those.
The second group consisted of uninfected people who received vaccines. Both groups retained the ability to neutralize all variants of the coronavirus. However, those who got infected “displayed overall better neutralization capacity.”
Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, said we are all learning more about immunity. Yet, vaccines remain the recommended course of action.
If nothing else, there is precise research into vaccine-based immunity. Compared to vaccine research, there are less studies that focus on prior infection.
Fauci said that comparing post-infection immunity with vaccine immunity is a good question. For now, Fauci is siding with vaccines.
He said that billions of people have already got vaccinated. The results already proved their efficacy and real-world effectiveness.
Vaccine and Prior Infection Offer The Best Protection
Nussenzweig still recommends that people who got COVID-19 still get vaccinated. Prior infection and vaccines can produce the highest levels of protection.
In fact, many doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree. They recommend vaccination for people who already got infected.
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