Dr. Joe McLaughlin, the chief epidemiologist for the State of Alaska, took part in a Sept. 2 Zoom meeting with reporters in which he acknowledged that there are new studies showing that natural immunity to COVID may be better than vaccinations.

The studies are pre-print, meaning they have not yet undergone full peer review, McLaughlin said.

“But they are looking at head-to-head comparison of vaccine breakthrough cases versus repeat infections among people who had prior COVID infection,” McLaughlin noted. “And what some of these studies are finding is that prior infection may be as effective as vaccine or slightly more effective as vaccine at preventing subsequent infection.”

That doesn’t mean McLaughlin is going to stop pushing Alaskans to get vaccinated. Immediately after acknowledging that natural immunity may, in fact, provide better protection than COVID shots, he argued that it would still be better to get the vaccine rather than wait to get infected and achieve natural immunity.

the risk of suffering from COVID-19 symptoms was 27 times higher among the vaccinated, and the risk of hospitalization was eight times higher.

“Is it better to get vaccinated and prevent COVID infection through vaccination or is it better to just go ahead and allow yourself to get infected – not get vaccinated?” he said. “And the answer is clearly that it is much better to get vaccinated because if you just allow natural infection to occur, you’re putting yourself at increased risk for lots of serious adverse health consequences including hospitalization, ICU stay and potentially death.”

McLaughlin did not cite the exact studies he was referring to, but a new large-scale pre-print study from Israel has generated international interest because it shows that robust natural immunity develops after a COVID infection and provides far greater protection against the Delta variant than the Pfizer shot.

According to the study, people infected naturally with COVID were much less likely than those who are never infected (and yet vaccinated) to contract the Delta strain, develop symptoms from it, or wind up in the hospital with complications.

The study utilized the medical records from tens of thousands of Israelis between June 1 and Aug. 14, making it the largest real-world study comparing natural and vaccine induced immunity to COVID. Posted on medRxiv, it uses the database of Maccabi Healthcare Services, which enrolls millions of Israelis. It’s major finding was that people who were vaccinated (but never infected) were six to 13 times more likely to get re-infected than those who were unvaccinated but previously infected with COVID. Additionally, the risk of suffering from COVID-19 symptoms was 27 times higher among the vaccinated (but never infected), and the risk of hospitalization was eight times higher.

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Alaska’s chief epidemiologist acknowledges study showing natural immunity is better than COVID vax

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Patrick Dalton says:

    The science is now showing that the so called vaccine was a very poor strategy and timing poor. Alaska governor and legislature needs to consult world class expert in this field Dr. Peter McCullough before continuing this flawed approach. See link:

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Proverbs 26:11 11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

  • Andy says:

    Common sense prevails until the realization of who gives you a paycheck suddenly hits. Great to see some uncensored news for a change.

  • Dee Cee says:

    So if I and my family already had covid we should still go get the vaccine, even though our immunity is better than the vaccine can convey? The vaccine narrative is disintegrating!

    And when are we going to demand Dr. Zink be removed from her job for repeatedly stating that the vaccine conveys “more robust and complete immunity?” She lies lies lies. We should not tolerate such from the very people who set our public health policies!

  • Jmk says:

    and will adn or any major news outlet report on these studies….probably not since it doens’t fit their narrative. Why aren’t tests to see if you have natural immunity free like the PCR tests and vaccines as if natural immunity is better (which it clearly is) then natural immunity is better than vaccinated for purposes of employers that try to say you have to be vaccinated (which I doubt the legality of)….oh sheesh

  • Jenna Seymour says:

    Yes thank you!
    Finally some common sense!
    Very good 20 min. video on Israel study

  • Tom Nanook says:

    You omitted other VERY important data. The strongest immunity of all groups was the COVID + AND vaccinated group. Must have been an oversight. Too bad they didn’t include the unvaccinated/non COVID + in their research which would have fared far worse than all others.

  • Carrie Harris says:

    If the virus was as infectious as they were touting then Alaska should be almost done with the whole damn thing.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Well I would say that is the proverbial no-brained. Truly is any data being collected as to whether those currently testing positive for Covid have had Covid before or are vaccinated? From what I am hearing many that have been getting the delta variant are vaccinated but I have heard of no one whom has had Covid already getting the delta variant. I went ahead and got vaccinated. Our youngest was getting married and I was very involved in helping with the planning and the last thing I wanted was to chance getting sick for the wedding. So I acquiesced and got vaccinated. I would have much rather weathered the virus and developed a natural healthy resistance. Alas I chickened out. I am not anti vaccine but I am typically selective. The delta variant is proving to be a tad brutal for too many people but if you are up for it, opt out of the vaccine and get your natural immunity.

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      ‘No-brained’ should be ‘no-brainer’. That was an auto correct (auto mistake) error.

    • Dee Cee says:

      CDC is not tracking “break through” infections. This is a policy decision. This means they won’t have data for vaccinated people who get the Delta. They do, however, collect such data on unvaccinated people. They also have a testing disparity: The PCR test method that is “recommended” by CDC for unvaccinated is to run the test for 40 cycles (produces a high rate of false positives), but they “recommend” that vaccinated people get their PCR test run at 26 cycles (which knocks out all false positives). Between these two policies, you have an agency that is designing their research to fail. They literally create the pandemic out of these policies. You can’t compare the two groups unless you test them and monitor them the same. Apples to Oranges.

    • Michael says:

      Good word “ acquiesced “ .

  • Michael says:

    How can anyone state “ it looks like naturally acquiring said virus gives a better stronger immunity , but I recommend getting the inoculation “ ? Oh yeah , like stated in comments above , a reflection of where paycheck comes from ! What’s in the shot does not offer immunity , and this has been stated over and over from the beginning of its roll out . What it is supposed to (claimed) do is lessen symptoms . With no information of how or what symptoms it lessens .

    The stated infection rate for the ‘vaccinated’ is less than 1% , and the stated infection rate for the unvaccinated is less than 1% . That’s seems awful trivial for a roll out campaign of such enormous proportions .

    How does anyone , who watches the news , and see’s all the pharmaceutical advertising on every commercial break (with horrific side effects I must add) not realize that the news is bought and paid for by the pharma industry ? And still believes it and goes along with the media , big pharma , gov narratives ?
    Good luck with that !!!

  • David Shoemaker says:

    Follow the money. When an “official” can speak the truth in one sentence then turn and instruct the opposite it becomes clear.

    It’s like a sales associate who has a commission incentive on a product he knows is bogus but has to push it or else. It’s clearly visible regardless of where you look.

  • herb says:

    Let’s get this straight. You get your natural immunity from having Covid and surviving. So you get sick, very ill and maybe die, to avoid a vaccination you may survive the next time. How about a reality check. This comes under ‘You gotta be kiddin”.

    • Dee Cee says:

      The likelihood of “very ill and maybe die” is almost non-existent in young and healthy people. The argument that taking the vaccine to avoid such an outcome does not apply to most people, but really really doesn’t apply to young and healthy people. The reality is in fact reversed: be forced to take a vaccine that has, in and of itself, serious side effects some of which are acknowledged by FDA, CDC, and the manufacturers (thrombosis and thrombocytopenia = Moderna, pericarditis and myocarditis = Phizer), with NO ADDED BENEFIT. That’s a dumb proposition. Protect the vulnerable, yeah. If you want the vaccine go ahead…. but be forced to take it under threat of job loss when there is NO LIABILITY COVERAGE, NO ADDED BENEFIT, and you (the patient) take on ALL THE RISK? The answer to that is an OBVIOUS “no thanks.” Oh, and BTW: I and my whole entire family (including extended family) have already had COVID so we can say with a certainty that we WILL NOT give it to you and we WILL NOT get it again. And now that’s certified. So please take the vaccine to protect yourself, but leave the rest of us alone, thanks.

  • Michael Alexander says:

    No it doesn’t herb. First of all the survival rate for people under 50 is 99.97% if they are healthy, ie not obese, immune compromised ect. So the maybe die only applies to elderly, and those people with major health issues. I’m 73 and I have a 94% chance of surviving covid. Could you arrange for me to get those odds in Vegas, if so I will split the winnings with you.

  • Rhonda Johnson says:

    Actually, the vaccines still provide protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death, and are a safer protection than natural infection which may have a very unpredictable course, including the possibility of Long COVID. Here is an interesting and informative response to the Israeli study:

  • Renee says:

    If this is true, those of us who were infected and have natural immunity (proven with a covid antibody test) should be exempt from the vaccine requirement, non?!?!