Conservative politicians, grassroots workers and even top athletes and coaches who oppose vaccination mandates are increasingly arguing that people who have recovered from COVID-19 should not have to roll up their sleeves for shooting.
“Now more than ever, we must apply all scientific measures – such as natural immunity – that can help mitigate the pandemic without threatening people’s jobs, our economy or denying Americans access to the activities of daily living. based on COVID-19 vaccination status, “Rep. Diana Harshbarger, R-Tenn., said in a statement.
Harshbarger and a group of House Republicans, including Utah Representative Chris Stewart, say natural immunity against a previous COVID-19 infection is effective, long-lasting and long-lasting. They introduced legislation requiring federal agencies to take naturally-acquired immunity to previous coronavirus infection into account when issuing any regulations to protect people from the disease.
But members of the medical community say that while there is some natural immunity and protection against repeated COVID-19 infection after recovering from the disease, it is not yet clear how long that lasts.
Health experts from the University of Utah as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain that the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for anyone 12 years of age and older, regardless of a previous coronavirus infection. Although some medical professionals suggest that no vaccinations are necessary for those who have already had COVID-19, U.S. doctors disagree.
“While there is some evidence that natural infection confers strong immunity, there is variability from person to person and less predictability than vaccine immunity,” says Dr. Emily Sydnor Spivak, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah. . “The available clinical antibody tests are also not large correlates of COVID-19 immunity and show great variability from test to test. “
Harshbarger said there is a lot of scientific evidence from numerous peer-reviewed studies that natural immunity against a previous COVID-19 infection is effective, long-lasting and long-lasting. The CDC, she said, has already recognized natural immunity to measles, chickenpox and other viruses.
Stewart said the mere introduction of Harshbarger’s natural immunity is real law is evidence of the Biden administration’s inconsistency on COVID-19. GOP House members say President Joe Biden’s policies fail to recognize that millions of Americans are immune because they have already had and recovered from the virus. People shouldn’t be forced to choose between getting the vaccine or keeping their jobs, they say.
“We are simply asking that President Biden practice what he preaches and“ follow the science. ”These two statements are not mutually exclusive and are in fact both true: The vaccine provides effective protection against COVID-19 natural immunity provides effective protection against COVID-19, ”he said in a statement.
Research comparing the immune responses of people who have recovered from Covid-19 to those who have been vaccinated has been mixed, according to a Wall Street Journal article on Tuesday.
Numerous studies have shown that mRNA vaccines produce a higher level of neutralizing antibodies immediately after inoculation than COVID-19 infections. Antibody levels in people who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered from infections decline over time, several studies have shown, reducing some of the immunity that both groups of patients have developed, the Journal reported.
A recent CDC study shows that those who have had COVID-19 and are not vaccinated are more than twice as likely as those who are fully vaccinated to contract the virus for the second time.
“Letting people receive COVID rather than a vaccine to protect them from COVID means they are at risk of serious illness, lengthy COVID and even death,” Spivak said. “I say this because we are seeing 20 year old young patients admitted with very serious illness. And while only a few people have this unfortunate turn of events, it’s not worth the risk. “
Biden called on companies with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo at least one weekly test for the coronavirus.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to issue in the coming weeks an emergency temporary standard implementing the new requirement, which will cover 80 million workers in the private sector. Businesses that do not comply could face fines of up to $ 14,000 per violation.
Many companies have implemented vaccine mandates themselves since Biden’s announcement last month.
Stewart said earlier that Biden did not have the right to impose a personal medical choice. He said it is unconstitutional and beyond the reach of any federal power. Stewart objected to Utah Jazz requiring fans entering the Vivint Smart Home Arena for basketball games to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.
Republican attorneys general in 24 states, including Utah, have threatened to sue the president if his proposed vaccination mandate for big business goes into effect.
Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced several measures to counter Biden’s tenure. All of them failed, including one on October 6 also called the Immunity is Real Act. It would have done the same thing Harshbarger is proposing.
In a speech in the Senate, he said studies in Italy, Israel and Denmark have found that natural immunity to COVID-19 is strong and effective.
“But the announcement of the president’s term makes no mention of natural immunity, no mention at all. Our entire national healthcare apparatus seems to ignore the important protection that individuals enjoy if they have ever had and recovered from COVID, ”Lee said.
Harshbarger said there is a need to use all clinical tools as protection and treatment options to fight COVID-19.
However, my bill is necessary and timely legislative action resulting from President Biden’s continued politicization of COVID-19 which continues to create deep divisions among Americans, such as when he coldly stated that his demands for this national vaccine mandate is not about freedom or personal choice, ‘”she said.