Should I get vaccinated if I've already had COVID-19?
Yes. Vaccination after COVID-19 infection has been shown to provide stronger protection than by infection alone [1,2].Vaccine-based immunity also provides greater protection against variants .Prior infection does provide some short-term immunity, but vaccination will prevent rapid community transmission and get this pandemic under control.
There are other proven treatments available, should I still get the vaccine?
Yes.Prevention is always better than treatment. Current treatments for COVID-19 are extremely costly, even with insurance, and can only be administered in hospitals .Vaccines are 100% free.It is better to choose a preventative option than to roll the dice and possibly go to the hospital, a treatment not working, or wracking up medical debt.With no approved over-the-counter treatment, vaccines are the cheapest, most accessible technology available.
Why should I get vaccinated if I can still get infected and transmit COVID-19?
No vaccine is 100% effective. However, current COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to be extremely successful in preventing infection , and more importantly hospitalization and death.Breakthrough infections are rare, but expected.Less than 10 in 100,000 vaccinated individuals have been infected with COVID-19 and have died or have been hospitalized .
Do I even need the vaccine if I have a strong immune system and live a healthy lifestyle?
Yes.While a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle supports a strong immune system, it does not provide special protection or immunity from infection and transmission of COVID-19 .A healthy person may have a better immune system to fight the virus and stay out of the hospital, but they are still capable of transmitting the virus within the community.Public health measures play a more important role in infection and transmission, while healthy living provides individual protection from severe illness, hospitalization, and death.