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IU Health Doctor: Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine Providing 6 Months Protection Could Be “Turning Point”

INDIANAPOLIS — Pfizer released a report indicating the company’s vaccine provides six months of protection against the coronavirus and is 100% effective in preventing severe disease.

Results of the ongoing study also suggest the shot is protective against the South African variant — the COVID-19 mutation that many health experts feared would elude protection against the vaccine.

“If the vaccine works against these variants just as well as it works against non-variants of concern then we’re looking at a very different world moving forward,” Dr. Cole Beeler, infectious disease specialist at IU Health, told WISH-TV. “So, I think this is the first real sign that we might be able to liberalize further and faster if this ends up being tested in a higher amount of individuals.”

According to the press release, researchers assessed 927 confirmed symptomatic cases of COVID-19 and found the vaccine was 91.3% effective when measured seven days through six months after the second dose.

Beeler admits the vaccine’s longevity is significantly above what he would’ve expected.

COVID-19 natural immunity is about three to four months and then you can start getting re-infected. The vaccine showing immunity for six months is probably demonstrating an extremely durable immune response…which is exactly what we need in order to have long-term herd immunity from the virus,” he said. “So, this is extremely encouraging.”

This is just one more reason, Beeler said, that Hoosiers should strongly consider getting vaccinated.

(Article by Dr. Mary Gillis)

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