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An Israeli study did find natural immunity is effective in fighting COVID-19

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An Israeli study found the best protection against COVID-19 is getting vaccinated and having natural immunity. But vaccines are still effective and less dangerous.

During a Sept. 13 press conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis cited an Israel study when speaking about President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate.

Biden announced on Sept. 9 that all businesses with 100 or more employees must ensure employees are vaccinated or provide a negative test weekly. He also announced all federal employees and federal contractors need to be vaccinated, with the exception of members of Congress and their staff.

“Israel did a study and they compared the protection from a previous infection versus the Pfizer protection, they found the Pfizer did provide protection, but the natural immunity was far stronger,” DeSantis said.

He said the Cleveland Clinic has come to similar conclusions.

Since the study was released, several VERIFY viewers asked about the results and sent social media links about the study that were shared widely across social media.

THE QUESTION

Did a study in Israel find natural immunity is more effective than immunity provided by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

THE SOURCES