If you have already had and recovered from COVID-19, you may be wondering: Do I need a to worry about getting the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?
Yes. If you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, you should still get vaccinated. There is not enough information currently available to say how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. In order to stop this pandemic, we need to use every tool available, which includes the immunization, social distancing, proper hand hygiene and wearing masks.
Similarly, you may also be wondering if you need to be COVID-free before receiving the vaccine. If you are COVID-19 positive, then it is recommended that you follow the CDC guidelines and isolate for 10 days to limit exposure to others. Once you are out of isolation, you may receive the vaccine.
Once you get the shot, it is important to continue to wear a mask in public and to practice social distancing. Until we reach herd immunity and the majority of people in the United States have been vaccinated, we will need to continue to practice social distancing, handwashing and wearing masks. These are the best ways to reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus until we can end this pandemic.
For more information, visit www.ochsner.org/vaccine or call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-844-888-2772 or 504-842-0201.
The information in this blog post is accurate at the time of publication. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to change, it's possible that information has changed since being published. While Ochsner Health is trying to keep our blog posts as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations by using the CDC website.