Wisconsin Public Radio: Epic Systems: Unvaccinated 44 percent more likely to be reinfected with COVID-19

Wisconsin Public Radio: Epic Systems: Unvaccinated 44 percent more likely to be reinfected with COVID-19

Researchers at Epic Health Research Network have found unvaccinated patients are 44 percent more likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who are vaccinated against the illness.

The research arm of Wisconsin’s Epic Systems looked at the average weekly reinfection rates for patients who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine and those who haven’t. Researchers found that vaccination prevents one reinfection for every 275 patients who’ve received their shots.

“There was a lot of question in the community whether or not getting an infection gave you just as much protection as a vaccine and was there really a need for a vaccine,” said Dr. Brad Fox, director of clinical informatics at Epic. “We thought this was an opportunity to see if the data could help us make that decision a little better.”

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