A new COVID-19 study has shown that people who have been infected before but remain unvaccinated are twice as likely to get infected once more in comparison to those who have received their vaccines. 

The new study has been published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and contradicts claims that those who have been infected by COVID-19 are immune from reinfection.

COVID-19 Study: Reinfection Twice as Likely for Unvaccinated

The new COVID-19 study looked into chances of reinfection among those who remain unvaccinated even after getting sick and found that these people are 2.34 times as likely to get infected again, according to a report by Forbes.

The study published by the CDC looked at cases of residents in Kentucky who are at least 18 years old and test positive in a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or antigen test within the timeframe of March to December 2020. 

Researchers from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the University of Kentucky then checked who among those in the study had another positive NAAT or antigen test during the time period of May 1 to June 30, 2021. 246 people met the criteria, according to the published COVID-19 study. 

Per the report by Forbes, they then chose a control group of 492 individuals who "had a prior infection in 2020 but didn't have any evidence of a second infection during the same two month period." Those who received a full dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the interim were determined. 

According to Forbes, fully vaccinated individuals in the study are defined as those who received "a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Covid-19 vaccine or two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 14 days before they had gotten reinfected with the COVID-19 coronavirus."

The study shows that 20.3% of those who were reinfected have been fully vaccinated. 34.3% of the control group, on the other hand, did not get reinfected. 

Most COVID-19 Cases Involve the Unvaccinated

Back in June, it has been reported that nearly all of the COVID-19 deaths were people who were not vaccinated against the virus. 

Multiple outbreaks have also been caused by those who remain unvaccinated. One of these outbreaks was expounded on in a COVID-19 study on a nursing home outbreak

Related Article: COVID-19 Experts Claim Unvaccinated People Put Vaccinated Individuals at Risk of Delta-Lifting Restrictions Could Make It Worst

Government, Health Experts Push for Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccine
(Photo : Prefeitura Campinas from Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. Government and health experts have been pushing for the unvaccinated to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The government missed its July 4 goal of having 70% of the American population vaccinated.  

U.S. President Joe Biden has proposed a variety of solutions to convince people to get their COVID-19 vaccines. These solutions include asking vaccine efforts to "knock on doors" of homes to offering $100 to anyone who gets vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Also Read: #Techtimeslifehack: Reasons Why Unvaccinated People Should Get COVID-19 Vaccines

This article is owned by Tech Times

Written by Isabella James

ⓒ 2021 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.