The city refuses to release data on the strength of COVID-19 natural immunity sought by Jewish media.
Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said on a conference call with members of New York’s Jewish press that the city won’t release COVID-19 case data unless it’s “connected to a public health purpose,” the orthodox newspaper Hamodia reported.
The paper cited an unpublished not-yet-peer-reviewed study, out of Israel which found that “natural immunity” confers stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization from the Delta variant that the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
Neither Chokshi nor Mayor Bill de Blasio would directly answer a question from a Hamodia reporter on the call asking why individuals who were previously infected aren’t granted the same rights as those who are vaccinated, such as eating in restaurants and attending concerts, the paper reported.
Another unpublished, unreviewed study from the Cleveland Clinic in June appears to show similar results, finding “not one” previously infected but unvaccinated subject was reinfected, and that previously infected people might not benefit from the jab.
The European Union’s COVID-19 health pass honors recovery from the virus alongside vaccination. “Fully vaccinated persons with the EU Digital COVID Certificate should be exempted from travel-related testing or quarantine,” according to the EU. “The same is true for recovered persons with the certificate.”
A rep for the city health department, Patrick Gallahue, said in a statement: “We would put our data against any other jurisdiction in the country. We publish pages of information every day so that people can be informed about what is happening in our city and how they can protect themselves. That is the public health purpose we are referring to.”