Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus?

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus?
Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've been infected? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus?

Yes. Regardless of previous infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research suggests the protection could last for several months.

It's impossible to know how long a person might be immune, said Dr. Prathit Kulkarni, an infectious disease expert at Baylor College of Medicine. "There's no way to calculate that."

Vaccines, by contrast, are designed to bring about a more consistent and optimal immune response. And they should boost whatever preexisting immunity a person might have from an infection, experts say.

"Since we're in this pandemic, and don't have a handle on it, the safer approach is to vaccinate," Kulkarni said. "You don't lose anything and you stand to benefit."

If you've been infected in the last three months, the CDC says it's OK to delay vaccination if you want to let others go first while supplies are limited.

"All things being equal you would want the person with no protection to go first," Adalja said.


Explore further

Follow the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

© 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Citation: Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I've had the virus? (2021, January 12) retrieved 23 January 2021 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-01-covid-vaccine-ive-virus.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
5 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments