Spectrum Health’s Vaccine Mandate now Excludes Those who can Prove Natural Immunity

Spectrum Health’s Vaccine Mandate now Excludes Those who can Prove Natural Immunity

In a similar move seen by many hospital systems and administrations, Spectrum Health announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all employees in July. However, unlike many other officials, the health system will now allow exemptions for those with natural immunity to the virus. A few studies indicate the possibility that natural immunity may actually be stronger than vaccine-based immunity, although more study is undoubtedly needed. TrialSite reported that a large HMO in Israel sponsored a study indicating that natural immunity was, in fact, superior to vaccine immunity. A notable Cleveland Clinic observational study involving health care workers also indicated a strong natural immunity associated with COVID-19. However, that prestigious institution recently pointed out that the study focused on subjects before the emergence of the Delta variant. Regardless, numerous factors are relevant for this complex topic. More study is required for a broader systematic understanding of COVID-19 natural immunity versus vaccine-based immunity. The topic becomes more top-of-mind now as some hospitals are introducing the natural immunity exemption. This suggests natural immunity may emer...

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