I recently had a COVID-19 infection. How long should I wait to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine?
You can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any time after recovering from a COVID-19 infection. Getting vaccinated after infection provides added protection against COVID-19.
Although not required, you may consider delaying your next dose by 3-6 months. The chance of getting COVID-19 again in the months after infection is small, and a longer interval between infection and vaccination may result in a better immune response and longer-lasting protection. However, your own personal risk factors should be considered when deciding whether to delay vaccination, including your risk for severe disease.
It is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after a recent COVID-19 infection.
If you have questions, speak to your health care provider.
How to know if you’ve had COVID-19:
- If you have ever had a positive COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen test at home).
- If you ever had symptoms of COVID-19 and someone else in your household tested positive around the same time.
Date last reviewed:
Monday, Oct 23, 2023