I had COVID-19 and recovered, should I get vaccinated? How long after COVID-19 is it safe to get vaccinated?

Question: 

I had COVID-19 and recovered, should I get vaccinated? How long after COVID-19 is it safe to get vaccinated?

Answer: 
If you had COVID-19 you should still get both doses (if it’s a two dose series) of the vaccine once you have recovered.  Your body naturally generates antibodies when you get COVID-19, but we do not know how long immunity lasts, or how many antibodies your body produces. This is why some people have had COVID-19 more than once, and why it is recommended you still get vaccinated. You do not need to get a COVID-19 disease or antibody test before getting your vaccine.
 
People who are sick with COVID-19 should wait until they have recovered from acute illness and public health has told them they no longer need to isolate. It is important that you wait the full isolation period before getting the vaccine so that you do not expose people at your vaccination clinic to the virus.
 

Please note that the circumstances around COVID-19 vaccines in BC are changing regularly, so this information may change.

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Thursday, Jul 22, 2021