A persistent myth spread on social media concerns natural immunity after having contracted COVID-19. Claims vary between stating that vaccination is just as good as having had COVID-19 previously and is thus redundant to stating that vaccines offer inferior protection. However, recent studies have shown that reinfection is far higher among the unvaccinated when compared with the vaccinated. The best available data shows that the protection offered from natural antibodies can be short-lived, depending on the person. The AP has fact-checked this myth.