That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering 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 two 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 (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child has recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19. The CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.