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    If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

    July 6th, 2021

    Written By Colin White

    Updated by Colin White on July 6th, 2021

    Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. Experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Learn more about why getting vaccinated is a safer way to build protection than getting infected.

    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.

    Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19 in real-world conditions. 

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