A growing number of voices from within the medical community are calling upon the United States Federal Government to recognize the role that natural immunity to the COVID-19 virus can play in regards to recommended vaccine schedules.
They argue that individuals who have been infected with the virus and recovered might not need all of the recommended doses of the vaccine — if they need any at all.
Dr. Paul Offit, a pediatric medicine doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an adviser on vaccines to the Food and Drug Administration, recently made this point to The Epoch Times.
“Natural infection should count as two doses,” he said.
In a recent op-ed he co-authored with two former FDA officials, Offit stated that “requiring people who have been infected to get three shots is overkill at best—a waste of valuable doses—and an unnecessary risk at worst (given that vaccines have side effects, albeit rare ones).”
While the CDC’s current guidance that individuals are considered fully vaccinated if they are issued three doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson is not legally binding, it is used by private companies and governments when crafting vaccine requirements.
The Times notes that exceptions to this guidance for those who have developed natural immunity are rare.
Eric Topol, the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, penned an op-ed in The Guardian last week which argued that the United States and the CDC needed to take natural immunity into account.
Pointing to several studies which demonstrated the benefits of natural immunity, Topol asked, “If there is good protection from infections, then why is one-shot of a vaccine necessary and sufficient?”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has acknowledged natural immunity exists, but still recommends that everyone who has recovered from the COVID-19 virus follow the full vaccine schedule.
Dr. Robert Malone, one of the inventors of mRNA technology which would go on to be used in COVID-19 vaccines who has become a highly controversial critic of the government’s pandemic response and recommendations for vaccination, says that some research has hinted that those who have already recovered from the virus might be at a higher risk of experiencing adverse reactions to the jab.
“Over 140 papers demonstrate that—superiority of natural immunity,” he told the Times. “And furthermore, if you jab somebody after they have natural immunity, their risk of adverse events goes up.”
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