Natural Immunity & Reinfection
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.
Unvaccinated adults are 16x more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, compared to adults who have completed a primary vaccine series.
High-risk unvaccinated adults:
High-risk unvaccinated adults are 49x more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19, compared to high-risk adults (65+) who have completed a primary vaccine series and received a booster dose.
-National data provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for December 2021.
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 .