If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need the vaccine?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because:

  • Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.
  • Vaccination helps protect you even if you've already had COVID-19.
  • Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.
  • If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations for people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.
  • Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

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1. How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?
2. What if I need help scheduling an appointment?
3. I am homebound, can I still receive a vaccine?
4. What should I expect after receiving my COVID-19 vaccine?
5. What should I expect after receiving my COVID-19 vaccine? (Spanish)
6. How can I access my immunization record?
7. Do I need a booster shot?
8. If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need the vaccine?
9. Request a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic?
10. Request a mobile COVID-19 vaccine education event?
11. How do I see the state of CT vaccine distribution data?
12. How do I see the State of CT vaccine coverage map
13. How are the COVID-19 Vaccines distributed?
14. Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
15. Will I contract COVID-19 from the vaccine?
16. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?
17. How much will the COVID-19 vaccine cost?
18. Who is eligible for the vaccine?
19. What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
20. How can I report if I have a problem or a bad reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?
21. Can I help someone register for the COVID-19 Vaccine?
22. I have a COVID-19 Vaccine appointment or I am planning to attend a mobile clinic, what should I bring?
23. Can I receive the COVID-19 Vaccine if I was administered a different type of vaccine in the past 14 days?