My Patients Ask — My wife and I had COVID. Should we get the vaccine?

A friend writes, “My wife and I both had COVID. She was mildly symptomatic. I was asymptomatic. We’ve both recovered and don’t think we need the vaccine. Just curious about your thoughts on this decision.

According to the CDC, those who have recovered from COVID should be vaccinated for several reasons:

  • It appears that vaccinated people, when compared to those who have recovered from the infection, have higher levels of the antibody that last far longer.
  • In other words, vaccinated people are better protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.
  • Furthermore, vaccinated people have almost no chance of getting moderate to severe COVID again, and if they do get COVID:
    • They are almost always asymptomatic, and
    • They have almost no chance to spread it to others.
  • Most importantly, vaccinated people, at least as of today, appear to be protected from all currently circulating variant strains of COVID, whereas those recovering from infection are not.
  • Finally, who wants to get COVID again or chance a “long-haul” infection (a current risk for 10-30% of those who contract COVID).
Of course, experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.
Nevertheless, with the current science, it makes profound sense to me for COVID survivors to take one of the mRNA vaccines asap.

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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