Do You Need a Vaccine After Having COVID-19? Experts

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Do you still need a vaccine if you have recovered from COVID-19?

Coronavirus vaccination drives have picked up across countries. While timely vaccination is one way to curb the spread of COVID-19 which has already claimed millions of lives and put many others at risk of vulnerability, there are also a lot of questions about the vaccine's efficiency-who should, who shouldn't get the vaccine right now.

Another question that's being raised is- do people who have already had COVID-19 in the past require a vaccine?

Will recovered COVID patients need vaccines?

Since it's strongly presumed that a brush with COVID-19 gives people natural immunity, or marks them 'safe' in a way, a lot of people are postponing getting vaccinated, thinking that it won't help them much. This also means that a lot of people, especially in cities which were once raging with novel coronavirus may encounter skewed participation.

But, it is true, or just another COVID myth? Do recovered COVID-19 patients benefit out of a COVID-19 vaccine?

We clear the doubt for you.

If you have had coronavirus, do you need a vaccine?

Serosurveillance surveys have shown that a lot of people have already been infected by the virus. This also includes the healthcare workers who face critical risk and may have fought the virus in the previous months and are currently the first in line to get vaccine shots.

Right now, there are no recommendations from medical boards which certify that COVID-19 vaccines would work the best for the ones who haven't been infected by the virus. Therefore, it would be absolutely wise to get the coronavirus vaccine jab, as and when your turn comes up.

Besides, there's also a lot of benefits in store when you do get inoculated. While our body's immune system reacts in a very similar way after recovering from COVID and getting the jab, vaccination may offer better immunity and protection on a social level. We explain to you how.

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Natural immunity may not last long

While a COVID-19 infection provides the body natural, systematic immunity by building protective antibodies against it, vaccine jabs work by training the body to recognize and fight off the infection. This is known as vaccine driven immunity.

Either way, both the mediums work to grant your body immunity. However, with limited research, it's still unknown as to how long does natural immunity last. Cases of reinfection have emerged across the world, so there are strong odds of catching COVID-19 more than once. This is where vaccine driven immunity can help. Getting vaccinated, even after you have had COVID-19 may work to prevent future bouts of COVID.

In many cases, getting a vaccine may also enhance the functioning of the immune system, such as in cases where natural immunity may start to wane after a while (such as with diabetes, immuno-compromised cases).

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It could protect the ones around you

Another good reason to get vaccinated right now is to ensure the safety and health of the ones around you. WHO statistics suggest that there are still a lot of people at risk who could get severe COVID, or even face a high mortality rate.

With studies suggesting that some of the vaccines, such as the Oxford-Astrazeneca (Covishield) may be able to curtail down transmission rate, getting vaccinated will also be a safer way to mingle around and meet your near and dear ones.

Vaccination would also mean that the ones who cannot get vaccinated (such as the one with compromised immunity, allergic to vaccines) stay protected too.

Hence, high-level inoculation will play a part in creating herd immunity, i.e. have protection on the community level. This is a crucial step in rooting away COVID-19.

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There are no downfalls to getting the vaccine

Do remember that there are NO actual pitfalls to getting vaccinated. Even though there's a slight risk of countering side-effects, the pros of getting vaccinated outweigh the cons.

Just like other vaccines, there are some chances we may need annual vaccine doses, but, majorly, a vaccine will help prevent a person from being infected again. It could enhance your body's immune response and make it overall safer.

So, when you do get a chance to sign up, get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccines will work the same way on recovered COVID-19 patients, as it would for the ones who probably have never been infected before.

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