New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – There appears to be good news for those who have received the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines — and the news is even better for people who got over COVID-19, then got those vaccinations.
A study published in the medical journal Nature found reason to believe people inoculated with the aforementioned mRNA vaccines might not need booster shots if the COVID virus doesn’t evolve and adapt to the inoculations recently invented to kill it. Those who recovered from COVID, then got the jab, may even find themselves protected against variants that don’t yet exist.
According to the New York Times, a team headed by Washington University immunologist Dr Ali Ellebedy discovered in May that immune cells that identify COVID lie dormant in bone marrow for at least eight months in people who have beaten COVID. Ellebedy also led the study published Monday in Nature.
A separate study reportedly found that “so-called memory B cells” continue developing and strengthening for a year or more inside people who beat the infection.
That combination of findings, according to the Times, suggests people who were infected, then vaccinated could potentially be protected from COVID indefinitely. Some people who haven’t developed COVID anti-bodies, including those with weak immune systems, may still need boosters at some point.
Yale University immunologist Akiko Iwasaki called Monday’s findings a “heroic study.”
The CDC describes mRNAs as vaccines that teaches cells how to make proteins that trigger an immune response inside people’s bodies. Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, which is not an mRNA, was not included in the study.
- Top Feature Photo: Monday, Jan 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium – Francisco Seco/AP