More than 15 million Americans have been infected by the COVID-19 virus, and many may be questioning whether they need to receive one of the two coronavirus vaccines now on the verge of approval from U.S. regulators.
Short answer: Yes.
“They will be asked to stand in line and get a vaccine also,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “There will be no distinction made, in part because we think there’s no adverse event that will occur, and also the protection from the vaccine actually may be more long-lived, of longer duration than that you get from the natural infection.”
Coronaviruses are notorious for prompting a flawed and incomplete immune response in humans, infectious disease experts say.
It’s one reason why science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold.
“With the four seasonal beta