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Immunocompromised People Can Develop a Good Immune Response After Vaccination Against COVID-19

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Patients under immunosuppressive therapy can still develop good immune responses to a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination. A third dose of vaccine might be necessary for those patients who are unable to produce antibodies. This is indicated by a recent MedUni Vienna study.

Patients suffering from an autoimmune disease often require treatment that dampens their immune system. This group of patients is therefore particularly prone to severe courses of COVID-19. It was hitherto unclear whether a SARS-CoV-2 vaccination guarantees an adequate response, particularly in patients taking so-called B-cell-depleting drugs (e.g. rituximab to treat rheumatoid arthritis). In a ...