If I’ve Already Had COVID-19, Do I Still Need the Vaccine?
According to Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., there will be no distinction between those who recovered from COVID-19 and people who’ve never been infected, “in part because we think there’s no adverse event that will occur, and also the protection from the vaccine actually may be more long-lived, of longer duration than that you get from the natural infection.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people with more recent infections, such as in the last 90 days, be vaccinated after individuals who don’t show any signs of past COVID-19 infections.
It’s your choice whether you want to get the vaccine or not; no matter your decision, keep in mind that vaccines are one of the greatest developments for public health and have helped us eradicate or fight dangerous or deadly diseases such as polio and tuberculosis. The risks of becoming infected with the coronavirus and even suffer its long-term side effects are far greater than the presumed risks of a COVID-19 vaccine.
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