If you had COVID do you still need to get vaccinated?

Coronavirus vaccinations are still rising but if you've already had covid do you still need to get vaccinated?

Posted: Apr 2, 2021 5:51 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 6:42 PM

LAFAYETTE - Coronavirus vaccinations are still rising but if you've already had covid do you still need to get vaccinated?

Doctor Brittany Herbert of Lafayette Internal Medicine Clinic says yes.

A misconception has been floating around that a covid survivors immune system is "invinsible".

"So the milder your covid disease is the first time, the quicker these antibodies go away completely. we have lots of studies showing that people can get covid twice and that people can die on their second round of covid." said Herbert

Another reason people are doubtful is because they know someone who was vaccinated and still got covid after the fact - Dr. Larry Simon has one reason why.

"Your immune system is still in basic training. It isn't ready yet to fully fight the virus. So that's why you might have someone who got the vaccine and still got sick. Enough time had not passed yet for their immune system to go through basic training or they hadn't gotten the full vaccine sequence yet." said Simon

Additionally, that person might have already been infected with the coronavirus while getting vaccinated and not have known because they didn't have any symptoms.

It's important to remember no vaccine is 100% effective, but it will protect you from a trip to the hosptal and death.

Hebert says keep in mind, one experience with the Coronavirus will not be the same as the next.

"It might be a different variant and your body is going to be in a different state at that time. That's not a gamble you want to take, also we're seeing that the immunity levels after vaccines are much higher than after natural infection with covid." said Herbert

Hebert says getting a vaccine is safe, effective, and the best way to protect yourself and others during this pandemic.

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