I am recovering from an illness and/or my partner is recovering from an illness (like shingles, a cold, or chickenpox). When will it be safe for me to get the vaccine?

Question: 

I am recovering from an illness and/or my partner is recovering from an illness (like shingles, a cold, or chickenpox). When will it be safe for me to get the vaccine?

Answer: 

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home from the vaccine clinic and use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if you need to be tested. This is so you don't risk spreading COVID-19 to people at your vaccine clinic. 

In general, it is safe for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if you are recovering from an illness (e.g., a cold, shingles), but:

  • If you have a new illness preventing you from performing your regular activities, you should wait to get immunized until you have recovered. This will help to distinguish potential side effects of the vaccine from worsening of your other illness.‎
  • Waiting until you are recovered from an infectious illness like chickenpox (an illness that can spread from person to person) ensures that you’re not putting others at risk of infection when you come for your vaccine.

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021