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I’ve had COVID-19. Should I still get the vaccine?

Yes, you should get the vaccine, even if you had COVID-19 previously.

If you are dealing with an active infection right now, it’s best to wait until you have recovered (about 4 weeks after your infection). You should not get your vaccine while you are sick with COVID-19, both because you risk infecting others and because the vaccine is less likely to help you while your immune system is already actively fighting an infection.

With the Omicron variant, we are seeing a larger number of people who had COVID-19 previously being re-infected. So if you’ve had COVID-19 in the past, it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, whether that is your first, second or third (booster) dose.

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