How well is our vaccine immunity holding up against COVID-19?

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Now that most U.S. cities and states have dropped masking requirements and other precautions against COVID-19, you may be wondering about your chances of getting infected or, worse, being hospitalized or dying if you happen to get sick.

Researchers have been digging into that question, and in general, what they’ve found is that for people who are considered up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines — that means getting a booster when it’s recommended — protection against illness drops off over three or four months after your last dose, but protection against hospitalization and death remains high.

Here’s why: Antibodies — the front-line defenders of the immune system — gradually drop off after an infection or vaccination. Over a few months, they fade away, and that’s normal. But it leaves your body open to another viral invasion.


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