Scientists want to know if vaccinated people can still become COVID-19 long-haulers – Nicole Wetsman

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Data from multiple COVID-19 vaccines makes it clear that the shots protect against the most severe outcomes of the disease: hospitalization and death. But it’s still unclear how well the vaccines will reduce the risk of chronic, long-term symptoms, which a small but significant number of COVID-19 patients experience.

“It’s an incredibly important question that we just don’t know the answer to,” says Timothy Henrich, a virologist and viral immunologist at the University of California, San Francisco who is studying the long-term effects of the disease.

The various COVID-19 vaccines tested so far, including those made by Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer and…

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