If I’m healthy, or if I’ve already had COVID, should I get the vaccine?

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If I’m healthy, or if I’ve already had COVID, should I get the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccine questions answered by your hometown doctors.

Dr. Matthew Allen answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine that have contributed to hesitancy in getting vaccinated for many. Jump ahead to hear his take on specific questions. Links to specific questions are provided below.

COVID-19 Vaccine Answers with Dr. Matthew Allen

Want to learn more? Hear from other Welia Health doctors as they address even more topics on COVID-19. Ready to roll up your sleeve? Vaccines are free and availableno appointment requiredat Welia Health clinics and communities pharmacies. Visit WeliaHealth.org/Getting-Vaccinated for details.

Vaccine recommendations

Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you get COVID-19 and will help keep you from spreading COVID-19 even if you have no symptoms.

With vaccines now widely accessible, everyone ages 12 and older is recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

Health experts recommend getting vaccinated regardless of whether you have already had COVID-19. At this time, experts are still learning how long you stay protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—to be reinfected. Epic Health Research Network has analyzed data and found that 0.4% of patients who previously tested positive for COVID-19 tested positive again after 90 days, indicating possible reinfection. If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, talk to your provider about when you should get vaccinated.

Benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine (CDC)

Sources: Key Things to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines, CDC and COVID Coalition