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Long Covid Patients’ Symptoms Helped After Vaccination in Study

A nurse checks on a patient in the ICU Covid-19 ward.

A nurse checks on a patient in the ICU Covid-19 ward.

Photographer: Houston Cofield/Bloomberg

Fewer Covid-19 patients reported lingering symptoms from the infection after getting vaccinated, according to a study that suggests the shots could help alleviate the burden of long Covid. 

A first vaccine dose after infection with the virus was associated with a 13% decline in the odds of having long Covid and a second shot with a 9% drop in the study published Thursday in the BMJ. Over the course of seven months in 2021, researchers regularly visited the households of more than 28,000 people to ask whether they were experiencing symptoms long after infection.