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Immunity against Covid-19 lasts six months post infection – HIQA

Those who contract Covid-19 are immune to the virus for six months, the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has been advised.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) published its latest advice to NPHET on the duration of immunity following infection with Covid-19.

The advice lengthens the period of protection from reinfection from ‘at least 12 weeks’ to six months.

“We have advised NPHET that presumptive immunity should be extended to six months post-infection,” Dr Máirín Ryan, Hiqa’s Deputy CEO and Director of Health Technology Assessment, said.

“The risk of reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 is low and no evidence was found to suggest that immunity wanes over this period.”

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