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COVID-19: Past infection along with vaccination provides greater protection, study finds

People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 but have previously been infected with the virus will experience greater protection, according to new research.

The Zoe Covid study revealed that past Covid infection along with being fully vaccinated increases an individual’s protection against the virus as much as 94%.

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The research discovered that two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provided 71% protection against infection up to six months after vaccination, while protection was increased to 90% among those who previously tested positive for the virus.

Two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab offered 80% protection against the virus six months after vaccination, which increases to 94% when a previous infection is involved.

Lead scientist of the Zoe Covid study app Professor Tim Spector stated, “Regardless of which vaccine is administered, this latest research shows that having a natural Covid-19 infection before double vaccination does mean greater protection.”

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The study also found that protection from a previous infection didn’t wane for up to 450 days, independent of an individual’s vaccination status.

IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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