COVID-19 Immunity Through Infection or Vaccination: Are They Equal?

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, felt he did not need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because he had become ill from the disease by July 2020.

So in August, he sued to stop the university system’s vaccination mandate, saying “natural” immunity had given him and millions of other people better protection than any vaccine could.

A U.S. judge last week rejected Kheriaty’s request for an injunction against the university over its mandate, which went into effect Sept. 3.

While Kheriaty intends to pursue the case further, legal experts doubt that his and similar lawsuits filed around the United States will ultimately succeed.

That said, there is growing evidence that infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is generally as effective as vaccination to stimulate your immune system to prevent the disease.


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