Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 10 September 2021.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department holds on the potential benefits of immunisation against covid-19 for people who have previously tested positive for that virus.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

It is not known how long antibodies made in response to natural COVID-19 infection persist, and whether immunisation could offer more protection. However, it is expected the COVID-19 vaccine would boost any pre-existing antibodies from previous infection. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a history of COVID-19 infection or with detectable antibodies to COVID-19. Therefore, people who have had COVID-19 disease – whether confirmed or suspected – should still receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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