Do I need a vaccine if I already had COVID-19?

April 1, 2021

If one person got Coronavirus two months ago and another person was vaccinated the same time ago, which of the two is most protected? The question may well seem like a mathematical problem. However, it approximates the reasoning from which experts and medical authorities start to define how necessary it is to vaccinate those who have already passed the infection against COVID-19.

 With distribution problems in multiple regions, deciding who needs two doses, one or none is vital to getting more people protected as soon as possible, which means fewer deaths and hospitalizations.

New studies and initial research suggest that patients may need a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have the virus.

A recent study published on March 17 by the British medical journal The Lancet saw researchers take advantage of repeated coronavirus test results from about 4 million people in an attempt to track how often those infected with SARS-CoV-2 were re-infected.

 2% of the over 530,000 people tested for SARS-CoV-2 were positive. About 0.65% tested positive again within that year, compared to 3.3% of those who tested negative amid the first wave. However, when this data analyzed by age groups, it was discovered that this protection wasn’t uniform. The protection was only 47% for people over the age of 65.

From the findings, it is suggested that people over the age of 65 need to be vaccinated irrespective of whether they had recovered from COVID-19 or not. While less urgent, people in other age groups who had recovered from Coronavirus should also be vaccinated.

What are the benefits of vaccines?

Although, there are virus antibodies that make you immune for the rest of your life. It is not yet possible to know what the long-term situation is with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. The vaccines are more likely to protect against sudden changes in the virus not protected by previous antibodies. (i.e., virus mutations)

Also, vaccines help your community create herd immunity and are safe to be sure about your safety even if you already had the virus. The word herd immunity is almost synonymous with the end of the pandemic. To achieve them, about 70 percent of the population should have antibodies against COVID-19 have developed. This would make them immune for the time being.

There are two ways to achieve immunity. Either you get infected with the virus or get vaccinated, which is certainly the safest way. 

Vaccination for COVID-19 at AFC Urgent Care Conshohocken 

So, the answer to whether you should get vaccinated if you already had COVID-19 is very likely: yes. Especially since people who are considered immune and should therefore no longer become ill themselves are likely to continue to spread the virus.

And if you need to sign-up for a vaccine then make sure you visit the AFC Urgent Care Conshohocken website to sign up and see if you are currently eligible for a vaccine.

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