The immunity individuals experience after recovering from COVID-19 is better than the protection experienced by individuals following vaccination, according to a new study out of Israel.
Scientists who looked at the country’s health database over a number of months found that COVID-19 cases and severe symptoms were higher among individuals who were vaccinated than those with natural immunity after recovering from the disease.
Those with natural immunity had a 10.5 per 100,000 infection rate four to six months following recovery, compared to a 69.2 per 100,000 case rate among the vaccinated. Additionally, 0.9% of all COVID-19 cases were severe among the vaccinated, compared to 0.5% among the recovered.
Protection against COVID-19 drops over time in both groups, but is more pronounced among the vaccinated.