Researchers Studied Man Who Said He Got 217 COVID Shots | EUROtoday

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A 62-year-old man who claims to have acquired 217 COVID-19 vaccinations reveals no indicators of hostile occasions linked to the photographs and seems to have stronger immunity towards the virus than others, researchers mentioned as they cautioning others to not get greater than the beneficial vaccinations.

In a examine revealed Monday within the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, researchers in Germany mentioned they have been stunned by the findings, anticipating the person’s immune cells to be much less efficient after changing into used to the antigens administered by means of eight completely different vaccines.

“Over all, we did not find any indication for a weaker immune response, rather the contrary,” Katharina Kocher, one of many main authors of the examine, mentioned in a information launch.

A healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The man studied in Germany said he received the vaccination 217 times, though only 134 of those instances were proven by local officials.
A healthcare employee fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. The man studied in Germany mentioned he acquired the vaccination 217 occasions, although solely 134 of these cases have been confirmed by native officers.

Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and Universitätsklinikum Erlangen in Germany mentioned they reached out to the person, who is just not recognized within the examine, after seeing his uncommon story in newspaper reviews.

According to the examine, a public prosecutor had collected proof to formally assist 130 of his claimed 217 vaccinations whereas investigating him for attainable fraud. No legal expenses have been filed towards him.

The researchers invited the person, who mentioned the photographs passed off over 29 months, to bear numerous testing, and “he was very, very interested in doing so,” mentioned Dr. Kilian Schober from FAU’s Institute of Microbiology.

As a part of the examine, the person, who mentioned he acquired the a number of photographs for “private reasons,” permitted researchers to review numerous blood assessments that he had undergone lately, together with samples that had been frozen. They additionally took samples of blood from him after he acquired one more vaccination dose, which was finished “at his own insistence,” Schober mentioned.

“We were able to use these samples to determine exactly how the immune system reacts to the vaccination,” Schober mentioned.

The examine in the end discovered no change to the effectiveness of the person’s immune system in preventing different pathogens. The man additionally didn’t have any noticeable uncomfortable side effects from the vaccinations and confirmed significantly greater concentrations of sure immune cells and antibodies that struggle SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, than individuals who have solely acquired three vaccinations.

“While we found no signs of SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infections in [the man] to date, it cannot be clarified whether this is causally related to the hypervaccination regimen. Importantly, we do not endorse hypervaccination as a strategy to enhance adaptive immunity,” the examine concludes.

Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention up to date its COVID-19 vaccine suggestions, advising adults 65 and older to obtain an extra, up to date vaccine dose. People who’re immunocompromised had already been eligible for the extra dose.

“Data continues to show the importance of vaccination to protect those most at risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19,” the CDC mentioned. “An additional dose of the updated COVID-19 vaccine may restore protection that has waned since a fall vaccine dose, providing increased protection to adults ages 65 years and older.”