Natural immunity IS just as good as being jabbed: Official figures show unvaccinated Britons who beat Covid enjoy same protection against Delta as those who are double-dosed

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  • Office for National Statistics report that catching the virus reduces the risk of infection
  • But it was reduced by the same amount as the double-jabbed
  • ONS statistician said the results may be due to reduced immunity to the vaccine

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Official data shows that recovering from covid provides as good protection as two doses of a vaccine.

The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) report published today found that non-vaccinated Britons who catch the delta variant are about 71 percent less likely to test positive for a second time.

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It has been estimated that people given two doses of jabs of Pfizer or AstraZeneca have a reduced risk of infection by about 67 percent.

The ONS said there was ‘no evidence’ that the vaccines themselves offered more immunity than catching Covid, despite several other studies showing the opposite.

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The findings are based on more than 8,000 positive tests across the UK between May and August, when the delta variant became dominant.

Scientists are still trying to figure out how long naturally acquired and vaccine immunity lasts.

Protection from jabs begins to wear off at around five months, which is why Britons over the age of 50 are being offered a booster dose this autumn. But the duration of natural immunity remains somewhat of a mystery, made more complicated by the rise of new forms.

The graph above shows vaccination status and the risk of catching the virus from a previous infection.  This suggests that there is no difference in risk between double-vaccination and those who have previously recovered from infection (shown by blue lines, which represent variation between each outcome, overlapping).

The graph above shows vaccination status and the risk of catching the virus from a previous infection. This suggests that there is no difference in risk between double-vaccination and those who have previously recovered from infection (shown by blue lines, which represent variation between each outcome, overlapping).

When broken down by vaccine, Pfizer's jab was slightly more effective than AstraZeneca's

When broken down by vaccine, Pfizer’s jab was slightly more effective than AstraZeneca’s

The ONS observed 8,306 positive PCR results between May 17 and August 14.

Samples were collected from unvaccinated, fully vaccinated and double-pocketed volunteers, some of whom already had the virus.

Using a statistical analysis, the report found that among people who were double-pocketed, the risk of testing positive was reduced by between 64 and 70 percent, bringing the headline figure to 67 percent.

Covid booster jab uptake ‘too slow to prevent overcrowded hospitals this winter’ as immunity wanes

The uptake of Covid booster jabs could be too slow to keep hospitals from overcrowding this winter, with experts warning that cases will rise by 30 per cent.

NHS figures show that one month after the booster programme, only half of eligible people over the age of 80 have received a third dose. Of the 2.2 million people who had a second jab more than six months ago, less than 1.2 million had a booster.

The number of people aged 65 to 84 hospitalized has increased by 19 percent in the past week, with an 8 percent increase in those over 85.

Yesterday the UK recorded a 30% weekly increase in coronavirus cases to 45,140 within 28 days of testing positive – the highest total since July – but a nearly two-thirds drop in deaths from 148 to 57 within a week.

In Scotland, where mask rules are still in place, cases per capita are high, despite strict restrictions.

It comes after test operations at Immensa Health Clinic Ltd’s laboratory in Wolverhampton, which primarily served the Southwest, were suspended due to faulty tests.

Health officials revealed that 43,000 people in south west England may have been wrongly told they do not have the coronavirus because of problems processing PCR test results in a laboratory.

The Health Protection Agency said a laboratory in Wolverhampton was suspended from processing swabs after a false negative report. The faulty results are among the tests processed at the Immensa Health Clinic lab between early September and this week.

The issue was highlighted after some people tested positive for COVID-19, when they tested rapidly, showed up as negative on more accurate PCR tests.

Cases in the Southwest have now doubled in a span of four days – from 2,334 reported on October 9 to 5,681 on October 12.

And it comes amid fears that Britain will begin to see a potential lack of protection against Covid in people who received their vaccines in Israel earlier this year as soon as possible.

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In people who had not been vaccinated but were previously positive, the risk was reduced to between 65 percent and 77 percent.

Overlap in the confidence intervals meant that there was no statistical difference between the results.

Writing in the report, the ONS said: ‘There was no evidence that the reduction in the risk of infection with the two doses of the vaccine was different from previous natural infections.’

The ONS found that two doses of Pfizer’s jab provided slightly more protection against infection than AstraZeneca’s two.

But the ONS said it was not statistically significant and said any slight difference may be due to the fact that Pfizer was introduced to the public a little later than AstraZeneca.

The report does not look at the negative effects of catching the virus, including prolonged Covid, which affects a large number of adult victims.

But critics of the government’s decision to vaccinate healthy schoolchildren under the age of 12 have argued that natural immunity is better for children because it removes the small risk of side effects from JABS.

There is a one in 10,000 risk of myocarditis – an extremely rare form of inflammation of the heart in children that is not necessarily serious.

It is slightly more prevalent in boys but doctors say most cases can be treated. But the long-term effects of this condition are not yet fully understood. Whereas in healthy adolescents the risk of being admitted to the ICU with covid is around one in 500,000.

Data from the ONS report also confirmed that between December 2020 and May this year, vaccines are now less likely to prevent infection than if the alpha version was effective.

At the time, double-vaccination bitten …

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