Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has revealed that she has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 because she believes “in science”.
Speaking to Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld, Ms Palin said she now has a natural immunity to the virus, having recovered from it in March.
People The magazine reported in early April that the late Senator John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election had contracted the disease along with his 12-year-old son, Trigg.
She said she suffers from muscle pain and has lost her sense of smell and taste, and urged people to wear masks – even as other high-profile Republicans railed against her.
Speaking with Mr. Gutfeld on Thursday, she said: “I’m one of those white, common-sense conservatives. I believe in science and I haven’t taken a shot.
“One, because the waitress never came back to ask me if I was up for that shot,” she continued. “But two, because I believed in the science and Fauci-ism of the time, if you had a covid — I had a covid — well, Mother Nature was creating an immunity.”
While it is true that recovering from COVID gives a person some immunity for an indefinite period of time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people be vaccinated “regardless of” any previous infection.
The agency’s website states: “Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from Covid-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.”
“Vaccination helps protect you, even if you already have COVID-19,” it adds. “Evidence is emerging that people get better protection from getting fully vaccinated than from COVID-19. A study has shown that people who have not already had COVID-19 are twice as likely to get COVID-19 again than those who are fully vaccinated. “
Ms Palin and her fellow guests on the Fox News show briefly cited a israeli studies It showed that people who had experienced a first infection were 27 times less likely to have a second symptomatic COVID-19 infection than those who had just been vaccinated.
The study, however, also noted that people who were previously infected and had received a single dose of the vaccine received additional protection from the delta version of COVID-19.
As the study is a pre-print, it has not been reviewed or evaluated by scientists other than the authors, and should not be used to guide clinical practice.
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