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Surviving Covid provides as good immunity as vaccine, new report finds

A new report from Public Health England has found that people who have survived Covid have as good an immune defence to future infections as people who have been vaccinated.

The report said people who have had Covid are 83% protected from contracting it again for at least 5 months, compared to people who have not been infected.

People who receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to gain 89% immunity after three weeks with that level of protection rising to 94% once they receive the second dose.

Public Health England researchers found between June and November out of 6,614 participants who had tested positive for antibodies there were 2 'probable' reinfections and 42 'possible'.

Dr Hilary Jones addressed the findings on today's show.

"It is what you expect because that is what you'd expect for many other viral infections for which we have vaccinations," Dr Hilary said. "If you get the natural disease you get immunity and if you get the vaccination you get immunity in a similar way.

"It is what you'd expect but it is good to have it confirmed."

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