COVID-19 immunity: Natural infection compared to vaccination

The UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC) has partnered with the British Society for Immunology (BSI) to create an infographic which explains the difference in immunity against COVID-19 gained through natural infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared to vaccination. Scroll down this page to discover more, click the download link to print the graphic or share on social media tagging @UKCICstudy and @britsocimm to help strengthen public understanding.

The UK-CIC is looking at what parts of the immune system are involved in generating a protective response against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as well as after vaccination. It's likely that for most people vaccination against COVID-19 will induce more effective and longer lasting immunity than that induced by natural infection with the virus. Even if you've had COVID-19, you're recommended to get the vaccine because it will boost whatever immunity you have from natural infection.

Knowledge of COVID-19 and vaccine immunology will continue to evolve and this infographic is accurate at the time of publishing in June 2021.

An infographic comparing immunity to COVID-19 from natural infection and vaccination. The concluding line reads that for most people it's likely that vaccination will induce more effective & longer lasting immunity compared to natural infection


Download this infographic (PNG for use on social media)

Common questions about COVID-19 vaccines are answered in the BSI's free, easy-to-read guide.

A guide to vaccinations for COVID-19

Find out more about UK-CIC research, as well as how Patient and Public Involvement is central to the success of the project.

UK-CIC website for the public