German man got 217 COVID shots over 29 months—here’s how it went

A 62-year-old German man received 217 COVID-19 vaccinations over 29 months without suffering ill effects, challenging concerns that over-vaccination could weaken the immune system. Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology – Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene studied the man’s case after he was investigated for fraud, though no charges were filed. The man, who had various reasons for his actions, had no reported side effects and showed no clinical abnormalities.

The study, comparing his immune response to that of individuals with a standard three-dose regimen, found his antibody levels were higher due to quantity, not potency, and his immune cells functioned normally. His immune response to Epstein-Barr virus was also unaffected, indicating no general impairment. Despite never contracting SARS-CoV-2, researchers noted his avoidance of infection could be due to other precautions. The case report, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, concludes that while the man’s hypervaccination increased antibody and T cell quantities, it did not significantly alter the quality of his adaptive immune responses. However, hypervaccination is not recommended as a method to enhance immunity.
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