Two vaccine doses and a previous infection provides 90% protection against Covid for more than a YEAR, new study suggests
- Two vaccine doses and a previous Covid infection ‘significantly’ reduces cases
- A study found this provides 90% protection from the virus for more than a year
- The report debunks prior claims made by an NHS anaesthetist, Dr Steve James
Having two vaccine jabs and a previous Covid infection provides 90 per cent protection from the virus for more than a year, a Government study has found.
The findings by the UK Health Security Agency shows two doses on top of a prior infection ‘significantly reduces’ both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, compared with just a previous infection.
The report debunks claims made by an NHS anaesthetist, Dr Steve James, that vaccination was unnecessary if someone had previously had the virus.
Having two vaccine jabs and a previous Covid infection provides 90 per cent protection from the virus for more than a year, a Government study has found (file photo used)
The study of 35,000 healthcare workers found unvaccinated individuals who had had Covid developed 85 per cent protection three to nine months later, but this dropped to 73 per cent 15 months after infection.
Those who were double jabbed and tested positive three to nine months previously had 91 per cent protection – and this was 90 per cent 15 months after catching Covid.
Dr Susan Hopkins, chief medical advisor of the UK Health Security Agency, who led the study, shared the findings after the debate around protection from prior infection was raised by Dr James, a consultant anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital, London.
The findings show two doses on top of a prior infection ‘significantly reduces’ both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases, compared with just a previous infection (file photo)
Dr James told Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, during a televised visit to the hospital that ‘the science is not strong enough’ to warrant mandatory jabs for front-line NHS workers, and that he had acquired immunity through infection.
But the study shows that those who are double jabbed have significantly more protection a year after infection.
Separately, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine said it encourages all members and other NHS staff to get vaccinated.
‘We note that the overwhelming majority of our members have been vaccinated regardless of prior infection, in line with the scientific evidence,’ the two bodies said.
‘Collectively, we need to listen to and acknowledge the concerns of those healthcare workers who have chosen so far not to be vaccinated, so that they are supported to make the best health choices for their patients, their families and themselves.’