I already had COVID-19, so I have natural immunity now. I don’t need the vaccine.
Getting COVID may offer some natural protection, known as natural immunity. Current evidence suggests that reinfection with the virus that causes COVID is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection. However, experts don’t know for sure how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. Receiving the vaccine after having COVID is like a booster effect, and therefore it’s much more effective.
A study published in August 2021 indicates that if you had COVID before and are not vaccinated, your risk of getting reinfected is more than two times higher than for those who were infected and got vaccinated afterwards. Getting vaccinated provides greater protection to others since the vaccine helps reduce the spread of COVID.