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This group of people are really protected against the delta variant

New data suggests previous COVID-19 infection and the COVID-19 vaccine offer best protection

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Kellen Harter, of the Utah National Guard, talks with a patient at a rapid COVID-19 antigen test.

Kellen Harter, of the Utah National Guard, talks with a patient prior to administering a rapid COVID-19 antigen test at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Some new real-world U.K. data suggests that fully vaccinated people who caught COVID-19 while vaccinated are the group who has the best protection against the delta variant.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine stop the delta variant?

Business Insider reports that the study shows the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine offer good protection against the delta variant. But, it still offers less than it did against earlier variants.

  • The study — which comes from Oxford University, the U.K. Office for National Statistics, and the U.K. health department — found that getting the two vaccine doses was the most effective way to stop the delta variant.

Can you get COVID-19 if you had COVID-19?

However, protection from infection of the delta variant “was higher when people had previously caught COVID-19,” the researchers said.

  • The data — which is preliminary — said that those who got COVID-19 while they were fully vaccinated had a higher level of antibodies than other groups, according to Business Insider.

Yes, you should get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Still, the researchers said it would be “completely irresponsible” to try to get COVID-19 after your second COVID-19 vaccine shot since you can end up hospitalized, the study’s lead author Sarah Walker said, according to Business Insider.

US prepares for COVID-19 booster shots

That said, the United States has revealed its plan to distribute COVID-19 booster shots to those who are fully vaccinated, hoping these shots will increase antibodies to fight off the delta variant, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said she hopes the COVID-19 boosters will “give you a higher level of protection, not just against the delta variant but against a broad range of variants.”

  • The boosters will “decrease the level of virus that you have and make it less transmissible,” she said.

These shots will be available Sept. 20 to those who were fully vaccinated eight months ago. Officials advise people get their boosters eight months after they got their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.