Many are wondering: If I have recovered from COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine when it’s available to me? 

Maine’s CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah recently tackled this question on a Zoom call with Maine’s Health and Human Services Committee. 

“Even individuals who have previously had confirmed COVID-19 disease should still be vaccinated, and that’s because the two doses of the vaccine actually produce a stronger immune response than merely having just gotten infected naturally with COVID,” Dr. Shah said.

The CDC and the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommend the same. The “natural immunity” that one develops if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 varies from person to person, so receiving stronger immunity through vaccination is crucial for eradicating the virus.

Dr. Shah has already planned to take this recommendation into account for Maine’s population:

“Our planning assumption is that everybody in Maine be offered that vaccine twice,” he said.

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