A new study from Israel on Covid 19 suggests that natural immunity against the virus may provide more potential protection than vaccination for those who do not have previous health conditions. While the study itself does not discourage vaccination, it also shows that those who are vaccinated have a higher chance of having an infection.
The study, conducted by researchers in Israel from Maccabi Healthcare and Tel Aviv University, covered tens of thousands of people in Israel and compared data between those who had been vaccinated and those who had not been vaccinated but had the virus. The study broke the people into three groups, one which individuals had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, another of the previously infected with one dose of the vaccine, and a third group of individuals who had previously had the virus but had not been vaccinated.
The study found that those who were fully vaccinated had a significantly higher chance of having a breakthrough infection of the virus, while those who remained unvaccinated had a lower chance of both getting the virus or having any symptoms from reinfection. It showed that those fully vaccinated, without time constraint, were 5.96 times more likely to become infected again, while also 7.13 times more likely to experience symptoms. Furthermore, it showed that those fully vaccinated, after 3 months of vaccination, were 13.06 times more likely to become infected again, while also 27.02 times more likely to experience symptoms than those unvaccinated.
While the results of this study are shocking, it is important to also remember that this study in itself has not been peer reviewed as of now. Regardless, the researchers concluded with a statement saying that, “The study demonstrated that natural immunity confers longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalisation caused by the Delta variant.”
While the study does still support vaccination for those who are the most vulnerable in society like those with previous health conditions or older populations, it shows that children or young adults with healthy immune systems and no previous health conditions may be better off without the vaccine. It also puts into question mandatory vaccination efforts for travel, commerce and entertainment, as healthy individuals would scientifically stand more of a chance of remaining healthy without vaccination. This study has the potential to rock the foundation of the current narrative spreading around the world that vaccination is necessary for the health and well being of all humans on the planet. Here, unvaccinated individuals might actually pose less of a risk than those vaccinated of catching and spreading the virus.
Only time will tell how the leaders of health around the world will react to the new report from Israel. Looking at other evidence around the effectiveness of mask wearing or the studies done in the past of how vaccination that does not eliminate a virus may help create stronger variants, I imagine that this new study will likely just be ignored across the spectrum of modern science and government policy.