How long after COVID-19 is it safe to get vaccinated? I had COVID-19 but now I am feeling better. Should I still get vaccinated? Do I have to get a COVID-19 test before I go for my vaccine? If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I only need one dose?

Question: 

How long after COVID-19 is it safe to get vaccinated? I had COVID-19 but now I am feeling better. Should I still get vaccinated? Do I have to get a COVID-19 test before I go for my vaccine? If I’ve already had COVID-19, do I only need one dose?

Answer: 
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.
 
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. This is because you may not be immune to the virus that causes COVID-19 and you could get infected again. You do not need to get a COVID-19 disease or antibody test before getting your vaccine.
 
However, as vaccine quantities are currently limited, those who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months are expected to have protection for the short term and can have their COVID-19 vaccination deferred.
 

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

Date last updated: 
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Mar 23, 2021