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Covid-19 vaccines may ward off long covid even if given post-infection

Researchers compared the rate of long covid among people who were vaccinated after catching covid-19 with those who developed long covid before being vaccinated

Health 18 May 2022

A person receives a covid-19 vaccine in Glasgow, Scotland, in July 2021

A person receiving a covid-19 vaccine in Glasgow, UK, in July 2021

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Getting vaccinated against covid-19 after being infected with the coronavirus may lower your risk of long covid.

Daniel Ayoubkhani at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and his colleagues looked at more than 28,000 people living in the UK, aged 18 to 69.

All the participants tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus from September 2020 onwards and received at least one dose of a covid-19 vaccine. However, some became infected before the jabs began to be rolled …