YES you need to be vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19, here’s why!

YES you need to be vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19, here’s why!

By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACPHealth Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Even if you previously had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated.

Recent research suggests that people who have had COVID-19 should be immunized.

We do know, that the immunity against SARS-CoV2 wild type as well as the newer variants will be significantly better after vaccination.

Individuals who had COVID-19 may only require one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to achieve optimal protection.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are unsure what treatments you received, please talk to your doctor.

In Santa Barbara County, all residents age 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine. Please click here for more information about the vaccines and appointments.