New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry’s latest guideline states that people who have been diagnosed with corona should get vaccinated after three months, as they have natural antibodies.
However, a group of public health experts, which includes doctors from AIIMS and members of the COVID-19 National Task Force, has suggested that there is no need to vaccinate those who had documented COVID-19 infection. .
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- In the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were cases of reinfection. AIIMS Delhi conducted a study on partial or complete post-infection post-vaccination, which shows that vaccination prevents reinfection from becoming severe, but it does not guarantee protection against reinfection.
- The risk of re-infection decreases for up to 10 months after the first infection, according to a Lancet study. The study by researchers at University College London is based on antibody tests of people who have already been infected and those who have not. The study was conducted in the UK.
- According to the Indian expert report, there is not enough evidence that the vaccine is beneficial after natural infection. “People who have documented COVID-19 infection do not need to be vaccinated. These people can be vaccinated after the natural infection has produced evidence that the vaccine is beneficial,” the report said.
- The aim of the vaccination campaign should be to control the disease, priority should not be given to those who have already been infected, as they are inherently safe.
- Is the suggestion to keep formerly infected people away from vaccination now affected by the lack of vaccines? Yes, the report clarified that the current state of the pandemic in the country requires it to be a priority rather than opening it up to everyone. In addition, we can conserve considerable resources if we exclude adults who have recovered from natural infections.
Here are some other suggestions from the expert group:
- The immunization strategy at the district level should be guided by frequent and real-time local serological surveys.
- More research on re-infection, vaccination, and infection in vaccinated people. Such cohorts should be followed for a longer period for best results.
- Unplanned vaccination may increase mutant variants, experts said, referring to vaccination of age groups, which are not yet supported by evidence.