If someone has already had COVID, do they need to get the vaccine?
Yes! People should absolutely get the vaccine even if they have had COVID. This is recommended because we know that natural immunity (from a COVID vaccine) isn’t as strong and doesn’t last as long as the immunity from a vaccine.
If you are actively infected with COVID, you should wait until you have recovered from your acute infection and your quarantine period is over. This is so that we protect those giving the vaccines and others at the sites where vaccinations will be happening.
If you have been exposed to someone who had COVID, you should wait until your quarantine period is over — again to protect those giving the vaccines and others at the sites were vaccinations are happening.
If you have been treated with a monoclonal antibody treatment, you should also wait 90 days from that treatment before getting vaccinated.