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Vaccinating people who have had covid-19: why doesn’t natural immunity count in the US?

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 15 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2272

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Re: Vaccinating people who have had covid-19: why doesn’t natural immunity count in the US?

Dear Editor, Thank you immensely for providing this much needed article of information. Finally I feel that great journalism has returned, and hasn’t been banished nor subjected to spreading unsubstantiated narratives that governments worldwide are disgracefully pushing. I’m writing from Melbourne, Australia, where we have been living in repeated lockdowns six times over. We have clocked up 231 days of lockdown, and it’s still ongoing. We are consistently being told by the government and media, that this Delta strain is by far the most ruthless and deadliest killer, yet, in our 6M+ Victorian state population, five deaths have been recorded in our state so far in 2021; that is five Covid-19 deaths in the past nine months of this current year. Our education system has been in almost complete lockdown, with only the most vulnerable children or those whose parents are first responders, the only ones who can attend school. Work, for those who are able to, can work from home. Many have lost their jobs or have had to close their businesses permanently due to the ongoing lockdowns. A glimmer of future freedom has been promised for those who are vaccinated. We still do not know what awaits for those who are not. Anyway, reading this fantastically researched article, I have felt heartened with the knowledge that great journalism is alive in this pandemic.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 September 2021
Silvia Sebok
Masters student in mental health
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia