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COVID-19: Vaccines (Part 2 of 3): Protection by Antibodies is Only Part of the Story

COVID-19: Vaccines (Part 2 of 3): Protection by Antibodies is Only Part of the Story
Columbia University Professor Emeritus, Dr. David Figurski
presented by
Donna O’Donnell Figurski

(Disclaimer: The World Health Organization <WHO> has officially named the new coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes as COVID-19.  Because the majority of people, including much of the press, commonly refer to the virus as “COVID-19,” to avoid confusion, I use COVID-19 as the name of the virus.)


David H. Figurski, Ph.D & Survivor of Brain Injury

Vaccination against COVID-19 primes your immune system to be ready to use every defense it has to fight the virus. It stimulates the creation of a potent and specific defense tailored to fight the COVID-19 virus.

Vaccination has been shown to be amazingly effective. All three vaccines for COVID-19 that have been used in the US (Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson) are 100% effective in preventing both hospitalization and death.

When people think of vaccination, they usually think only of antibodies. But this ignores the stimulation of an equally potent arm of immune system.

The bottom line is that vaccination (1) stimulates the production of antibodies that bind to the virus to prevent infection and (2) creates and activates “killer” T cells that destroy cells that have been infected.

Because antibodies are only part of the defensive power of your immune system, no one should be worried about variants, despite hysterical articles by a largely ignorant press.  We should certainly continue to monitor variants, but there is nothing to be worried about yet.  The antibodies are less able to block virus, but they still work.  Importantly, the killer T cells are unaffected by any variant.

The T cell response after vaccination against COVID-19 is as potent as the antibody arm of the immune system.  Some people cannot make antibodies, yet they do well after infection by COVID-19.

Some facts:

Your immune system is composed of two parts.  A first line of defense (Innate Immunity) acts immediately against any foreign substance.  It is non-specific.  After about a week, a specific and more potent immunity (Adaptive Immunity) has developed. The adaptive arm uses antibodies and T cells.

Vaccination stimulates your adaptive immunity, so the antibodies and T cells are ready before infection.

Scientists don’t yet know how long the anti-COVID-19 antibody levels remain high, but data show that antibodies have remained high for six months so far.  You may need to get vaccinated every year, as you do for the flu virus.

The antibody level will eventually go down, but your immune system maintains a few “memory cells” of the antibody-producing cells. These cells make antibody-producing cells immediately after infection.  So your immune system is fully armed in 2-3 days.

I strongly urge you to listen to minutes 6:25-22:00 of the interview TWiV 736 <March 28, 2021>of Dr. Alessandro Sette, a world-renowned expert on T cells and COVID-19 from The La Jolla Institute for Immunology, by Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a virologist and expert on COVID-19 from Columbia U.  Dr. Sette gives a basic explanation of T cells, the response to COVID-19, and vaccination.

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On the Air – Brain Injury Radio Donna’s Interview with Kim Justus

On the Air


Donna O’Donnell Figurski & Kim Justus

     (interview to tell David’s TBI story)

images-1I was surprised when I got a Private Message from one of the Brain Injury Radio Network hosts one evening while I was browsing through the many Traumatic Brain Injury sites that I belong to on Facebook. The host, Julie Kintz (“Quantum Leap”), asked if I’d be interested in becoming a BIR host too and referred me to Kim Justus, who is in charge of recruiting new hosts.

Of course, I was interested, but I wondered if I could even do something like this. I told David (my husband), and, surprisingly, he encouraged me. (He usually worries that I’ll take on too much.) I was glad for his encouragement, but I wasn’t convinced yet and threw the idea around with several close friends. They also gave me their “thumbs up.” I agreed to do it!

Then Kim invited me to be a guest on her show (“Recovery Now”) as a Traumatic Brain Injury caregiver. She wanted me to tell an abridged version of David’s and my story of our travels in the TBI maze.

I am featured in the first two hours of Kim’s three-hour show. You can listen by clicking the link below. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

My show, “Another Fork in the Road,” will debut on Monday, August 4, 2014, at 5:00 pm Pacific time. It will air the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. On that show, I will tell a more complete version of our tale based on my book, “Prisoner Without Bars: Conquering Traumatic Brain Injury,” which is searching for a publisher. I hope to see you there.

Subsequent shows will feature interviews with TBI survivors and caregivers and offer brain injury resources and interviews with professionals in the field of TBI. There will also be discussions on current topics of interest.

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Click here for a list of all “Another Fork in the Road” shows on the Brain Injury Radio Network.

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