Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered?

Yes. 

That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.

Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study  showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than two times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child has recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C.

Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

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1. When will I get my vaccine?
2. Where can I get the latest information regarding vaccine distribution in Minnesota?
3. Is the vaccine safe?
4. How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
5. Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
6. How long does it take after getting the COVID-19 vaccine until you have protection?
7. What if I have a weakened immune system?
8. How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
9. Will the vaccine be live or inactivated?
10. What are the ingredients in COVID-19 vaccines?
11. Do I need to get the vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19 and recovered?
12. Which last longer, immunity after getting COVID-19 or protection from COVID-19 vaccines?
13. Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have received two doses of the vaccine?
14. Can the COVID-19 vaccine affect women’s fertility?
15. Where can I learn more about the available vaccines?
16. How do I find a record of my vaccination?