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Dr. Marty Makary: I have medical concerns around Biden's new vaccine mandates

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10.09.2021

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There are debates around vaccine mandates that focus on individual liberties, federalism, and the political backlash around vaccination. I will leave those topics for others to debate. As a physician, I have medical concerns around the rigidity of the new vaccine mandates. Here is a list.

Mandates Ignore Natural Immunity

If you recovered from a COVID infection, you have natural immunity which is 27-times more effective than vaccinated immunity in preventing symptomatic COVID, according to a large Israeli study.

Public health officials have been hesitant to talk about this study for fear that people will choose to get the infection over vaccination.

I do not recommend actively or passively getting the infection over vaccination because getting the infection can result in a regrettable severe illness (many critically ill patients are asking for the vaccine in the hospital but by then it’s tragically too late). But for those who were truly sick from COVID, you can feel good about your immune protection.

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For those who want to further increase that level of protection, I recommend one dose of an mRNA vaccine which can slightly augment one’s immunity, as demonstrated in the same Israeli study.

The new vaccine mandates inexplicably ignore the........

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