Editor’s note: This is one in a series of fact checks the Detroit Free Press is doing on public issues in conjunction with PolitiFact, a nonprofit national news organization.

The claim: “I don’t need” the COVID-19 vaccine. “I have natural immunity” that lasts “forever.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake

About the writer: Clara Hendrickson fact-checks Michigan issues and politics as a corps member with Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Contact her at chendrickson@freepress.com or 313-296-5743. PolitiFact reporter Jason Asenso contributed to this piece.

(5) comments

Lanivan

This is but one of many ignorant, inappropriate, radical, opportunistic, craven, partisan comments this guy has made in the last few years.

He's fooling around with the facts as if he's a medical expert, arrogantly and with no concern for the health and safety of Michiganders. He doesn't belong in the Michigan Senate - or any position that requires responsibility and intelligence.

Dr. Vladtheimp

Sayeth a medical expert who has authored innumerable ignorant, inappropriate, radical, opportunistic, craven, partisan comments.

Plus, since she is 'challenging Senator Shirkey's claim, it is incumbent on her to provide proof that he is incorrect.' How about one, just one study that refutes the natural immunity of those infected by viruses that has guided our public health policies to achieve 'herd immunity' for many decades

I predict Crickets.

T-Bird

I predict a double down on her being ignorant and partisan, Doc. In her alternate reality, it's all she's got. Wait and see.She has zero self awareness.But, you know that already.

Lanivan

Anything intelligent you can add to the conversation other than mindless, repetitive trolling?

Lanivan

This fact-check op-ed is correct.

"“So that’s why there is that recommendation that despite having had COVID before, for full protection the vaccination is the best way to go,” said Dr. Lisa Maragakis, senior director for infection prevention at Johns Hopkins.

A prior infection offers protection in the range of 80%, compared to about 95% for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, said Dr. John Wherry, director of the Institute for Immunology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. That means about 15 to 20 out of every 100 people who have previously had COVID-19 could get reinfected, while 5 out of every 100 people who got an mRNA vaccine might get infected." “So that’s why there is that recommendation that despite having had COVID before, for full protection the vaccination is the best way to go,” said Dr. Lisa Maragakis, senior director for infection prevention at Johns Hopkins.

A prior infection offers protection in the range of 80%, compared to about 95% for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, said Dr. John Wherry, director of the Institute for Immunology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. That means about 15 to 20 out of every 100 people who have previously had COVID-19 could get reinfected, while 5 out of every 100 people who got an mRNA vaccine might get infected. “So that’s why there is that recommendation that despite having had COVID before, for full protection the vaccination is the best way to go,” said Dr. Lisa Maragakis, senior director for infection prevention at Johns Hopkins.

A prior infection offers protection in the range of 80%, compared to about 95% for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, said Dr. John Wherry, director of the Institute for Immunology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. That means about 15 to 20 out of every 100 people who have previously had COVID-19 could get reinfected, while 5 out of every 100 people who got an mRNA vaccine might get infected."

Even people who have recovered from COVID-19 are urged to get vaccinated, especially as the extra-contagious delta variant surges — and a new study shows survivors who ignored that advice were more than twice as likely to get reinfected."

https://apnews.com/article/science-health-coronavirus-pandemic-ad52011f4ca1853fad6eee41a7310c2e

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