If you have already had COVID-19, should you still get vaccinated? Health officials say yes

As of Monday, 59 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and around 31 million of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – If you have already had COVID-19, should you still get vaccinated? Health Officials say yes.

“It’s not totally clear how long natural infections lead us to be immune and how well that immunity will work,” Katie Packard, a Clinical Pharmacist at Bryan Health said. “It depends on the strain you got, it depends on the severity of your infection and other factors as well. Therefore individuals that qualify for the vaccine at this time regardless of actual COVID infection, it’s recommended they still receive the vaccine.”

But doctors say there is one exception for individuals who have received certain types of antibody or plasma infusions.

“They should check with their physician because they may need to wait 90 days before they receive the vaccine,” Packard said. “Only because the vaccine may not work as well.”

There is a chance you could still get COVID-19 again even after receiving the vaccine, but health officials say it would most likely be a weaker strand of the virus if you did.

“No vaccine is perfect for any disease and nobody is bullet proof after they receive the vaccine,” Packard said. “These vaccines do effectively prevent symptomatic COVID infections and they’re almost totally effective in preventing severe COVID and death. That’s the most important thing is to prevent those severe infections and keep people out of the hospital.”

As of Monday, 59 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and around 31 million of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated.

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