At a time when more than half a million people have died of covid-19 in the United States, [Sen. Ron] Johnson’s comments are irresponsible and dismally uninformed. — Salvador Rizzo, The Washington Post Reporter for The Fact Checker
At a time when more than half a million people have died of covid-19 in the United States, [Sen. Ron] Johnson’s comments are irresponsible and dismally uninformed. — Salvador Rizzo, The Washington Post Reporter for The Fact Checker
Ron Johnson’s unscientific take on the coronavirus vaccine
Doctors, public health experts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are clear: Get the coronavirus vaccine even if you had covid-19.

Yes, people who had the disease produce antibodies that provide immunity from the coronavirus. But that immunity fades over time, and the body’s natural response may not be enough to prevent a repeat infection 90 days after the first one, the CDC says.

Reinfections, both mild and severe, have been well documented since the coronavirus emerged in late 2019. For example, a nursing intern in the Netherlands with no issues in her immune system contracted covid-19 in the spring and again in the summer of 2020, with stronger symptoms the second time. A nurse in Ohio got the disease twice, seven months apart. Hundreds more cases have been reported worldwide, although experts say they are widely undercounted.

In an interview last week, Johnson speculated that the “best immunity possible” probably comes from having had the disease, so he would not be getting the vaccine. None of the doctors or public health experts consulted agreed with this statement.

... At a time when more than half a million people have died of covid-19 in the United States, Johnson’s comments are irresponsible and dismally uninformed.


Many Americans who had the disease are wondering whether they should get the vaccine. They may look to their elected officials for guidance. Imagine what could happen if vulnerable viewers took Johnson’s comments as advice and declined the shot.

Senators have staffs. They have access to the latest research and data, and to leading experts. They go to good doctors. They shouldn’t be making unscientific claims on television about coronavirus immunity.

The vaccine has proven to be effective and safe, both for people who had covid-19 and for those who have not. Doctors, public health experts and the CDC all recommend getting the shot to build immunity and prevent the spread of the disease, though they say people who had covid-19 should wait until a few months after their infection.
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