Should People Recovered from COVID-19 Get the Vaccine?
January 28, 2021
Despite all the data that has been made available to the public, an alarming number of U.S. residents still see the COVID-19 vaccine as a privilege that asymptomatic patients can live without. A recent article by Hackensack Meridian Health titled, "Recovered from COVID-19? Why You Still Need a Vaccine,
" touches upon this and other misconceptions related to the COVID-19 vaccine. These were the main points addressed in the article, as explained by the Vice President of Medical Quality, Dr. Thomas Bader, at Hackensack Meridian Health:
- Exposure to COVID-19 does not grant permanent immunity against the virus because there are numerous cases where individuals have been reinfected.
- There is no conclusive data to show how long the COVID-19 antibodies remain in the human immune system. False-positive results on an antibody test are an added risk.
- Actively sick individuals should wait until full recovery before getting vaccinated. Experts recommend a waiting period of 90 days to make the vaccine more accessible for the high-risk population.
- It's still possible to get infected with COVID-19 during the two-week period that's required for the vaccine's second dose to take full effect.
Because of the information listed above, safety guidelines are still a requirement, even after a person gets both shots of the vaccine. Vaccinated people are still expected to wear face masks, avoid crowds, respect social distancing, and wash their hands with soap and water on a regular basis.
You can read the full article here or click the link above: Recovered from COVID-19? Why You Still Need a Vaccine