Ask A Doctor: Do You Still Need The Vaccine If You Have Already Had COVID-19?

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) received the Emergency Authorization (EUA) for its COVID-19 vaccine late last week. Some Americans have already received the vaccine, and many others are waiting for more doses to be given. But do people who have already had COVID-19 still need to be vaccinated? In this Motley Fool Live The video recorded on December 11, 2020 Corinne Cardina, Head of the Health and Cannabis Office, spoke to immunotherapy scientist Dr. Leo Nissola on this important question.

Corrine Cardina: I actually saved a viewer question for you related to this herd immunity issue. Steve would like to know, “If you’ve had the virus, do you still need the vaccine?”

Was there any instruction on this? Because it’s not an insignificant number of the population that is infected and recovered and they are wondering if they should be vaccinated?

Dr. Leo Nissola: Steve has a very good question. So thank you for asking.

I’ve gotten this question by the dozen lately and the answer is yes. If you’ve had COVID-19 and developed antibodies, you won’t want to spend your life checking to see if your natural antibodies are still there. You don’t want to have to worry about obtaining these antibodies, if at all.

At the moment, the discussions about vaccination campaigns and plans, which we have not yet seen from the federal government, are a robust vaccination plan. I hope President-elect Joe Biden will implement these changes in the future. We actually encouraged people to get the vaccine even though they may have had COVID in the past.

Corrine Cardina: Good answer.