If someone has already had COVID, do they need to get the vaccine?
This is a great question! Currently people can — and should — receive the vaccine regardless of their prior history of infection.
It is NOT recommended that you need to test for active or prior infection before getting the vacccine
Given that it appears that many people who have had COVID have immunity for at ~90 days, people who have been infected can wait until a 90-day period has passed to receive the vaccine (but they do not have to wait).
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.