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You should get a COVID-19 vaccine even if you already had COVID-19.
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19. People who already had COVID-19 and do not get vaccinated after their recovery are more likely to get COVID-19 again than those who get vaccinated after their recovery.
COVID-19 vaccination provides strong protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death in all age groups. Learn more about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
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Yes. COVID19 vaccines are safe and effective. Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history. To learn more about the safety of the vaccines and how they are monitored, visit: CDC Website - Vaccine Safety Information
None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
You can find our updated Quarantine and Isolation guidelines here. The guidance on when you should quarantine applies to both those who are vaccinated and those who are not.
The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant, get the vaccine. People who are pregnant are more likely to get very sick from COIVD-19 compared to people who are not pregnant. Additionally, COVID-19 during pregnancy increases the risk of complications that would affect the pregnancy and the developing baby.
After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Your arm may be sore, red, or warm to the touch. You may experience a low-grade fever, headache, and just a general feeling of “not yourself”. These are signs that your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to, which is produce an immune response for you to have protection against this disease.
When you get your vaccine, you will get a link to get the “V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker” application for your phone. Through V-safe, you can quickly tell the CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. CDC may follow up by phone to get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get the second COVID-19 vaccine dose when needed.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free in the United States. Vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to an individual’s insurance.