Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. If you are part of the 62% Americans you have gotten received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine please continue to read.
Currently 62% of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As more and more people are getting vaccinated, we can slowly start the process of returning to normalcy. I know that in my state of Maryland, over 70% of people are fully vaccinated (two years post the second dose of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine of one dose of J&J vaccine). The current administration has set a goal to have 70% of American receive at least one dose of the vaccine.
Immunity against COVID among vaccinated individuals taking immunosuppressant drugs are still being studied. Immunity is often measured by the presence of antibodies — proteins made by the immune system to help fight infections, in the blood. According to the FDA, data from clinical trials suggest that the protection offered by the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines likely lasts at least nine months. Immunity could last much longer; researchers just need the time to evaluate.
Immunity in Immunocompromised Patients
Almost 3 percent of insured U.S. adults under the age of 65 take medications that suppress the immune system. The prevalence of these medications is a problem because they may reduce the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccinations. Examples of these types of conditions include autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, she said, where the immune system comes to see certain parts of the patient’s own body, like the joints, as a threat. According to Dr. Wallace, a Rheumatologist in Michigan Medicine, immunosuppressive drugs work by reducing the ability of your immune system to recognize and fight off threats. This suppression is useful in treating autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, where an undesirable immune reaction is occurring. “But immunosuppression also reduces the immune system’s ability to mount a response to things you want it to respond to, like infections and vaccines,” she said.
That being said, I myself am taking of those immunosuppressant medication. Hence, I am taking the initiative to continue to wear mask in public and social distance. In an interview this morning with CNN, Dr. Fauci said that immunocompromised people may be able to pause their medication around the time they get their vaccination or delay an IV infusion until they’ve had time to mount an immune response to the injection. In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month, Dr. Dorry Segev’s (a transplant surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) team found that 46% of transplant recipients had no antibodies after two vaccination shots. Of the 54% who did develop antibodies, their levels were generally lower than people with normal immune systems. “Unfortunately, it’s not known what should be done. We don’t have data,” said Mark Mulligan, director of New York University’s Langone Vaccination Center. Dr. Mulligan said more research needs to be done into whether immunocompromised vaccine recipients are getting immunity in other ways besides antibodies, such as through their T and B cells, other actors in the immune system.
What Should You Do?
Now, if you fall in the above category, what will you do? I for one will talk my physician and bring up the question about my antibody and possible third shot. Your health matters so please talk to you doctor about the medication and take appropriate action to protect yourself. After all, we have but this one body and it’s about time that things get back to normal. I will end here with one question for you, what will you do? Please comment below.
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