My Patients Ask — If I’ve had COVID, should I still get the COVID vaccine?

In a word, “Yes.”

People who recovered from COVID-19 should still be offered vaccine, CDC says

The Washington Post reports, “Research suggests most people who recovered from COVID-19 are immune for at least eight months.

Nevertheless, medical experts and epidemiologists “are largely still urging this population to get the vaccine if it’s their turn in line.”

Official guidance from the CDC “says vaccines should be offered regardless of whether people were previously infected,” and “also says the vaccine is safe for people who have had a prior infection.”

The CDC adds this advice to folks who have had COVID and who have not yet received the vaccine:

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.

The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have more data on how well the vaccines work.

Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2021. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.


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