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When to Get Vaccinated After Having COVID-19

Published by Nicole Porter on

Recently had COVID-19 but not up-to-date on the latest COVID vaccine? Here’s what you need to know about getting vaccinated for added protection.

Even if you’ve already had COVID-19, getting vaccinated gives you an extra layer of defense against the virus. Vaccination after recovery reduces your chances of getting sick again.

Here’s a quick guide on when to get your shot

Recently Recovered: Consider delaying your shot 3 months for optimal effectiveness (speak with your healthcare provider to see what they recommend).

Currently Sick with COVID-19: Wait until you’ve fully recovered. As the CDC has recently updated its guidance to no longer include the 5-day isolation period, it’s a good idea to speak with your vaccine provider for their recommendations regarding timing and precautions.

Recently Diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS)*?

  • Wait until you’ve fully recovered from being sick.
  • Wait at least 90 days from the date of your MIS-A or MIS-C diagnosis.
  • Talk to your doctor to discuss the best vaccination timeline for you. 

*MIS is a rare but serious condition that can develop after COVID-19 in children (MIS-C) and adults (MIS-A). It’s characterized by inflammation in various organs, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys.

Knowing when to get vaccinated after recovery is an important step in staying healthy. Please feel free to share this information with friends and family who may have recently had COVID-19.  

Remember, getting vaccinated protects not only yourself but also those around you, especially those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 complications. By getting vaccinated after recovery, you contribute to building a stronger community defense against the virus!


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