Do vaccines protect against #long_COVID? What the data say
Vaccines reduce the risk of developing #COVID-19 — but studies disagree on their protective effect against long COVID.
And while the data trickle in, Alwan worries that countries with high vaccine coverage will put COVID-19 testing on the back burner as concerns about hospitalizations and deaths decrease and as more people receive boosters. That not only hurts efforts to determine the influence of vaccination on long COVID, but also means that those with long COVID after a mild or asymptomatic infection might not have the documentation they need for treatment. “It’s important to get that lab confirmation for care,” she says. “Otherwise, people struggle a lot.”