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Do I need to get vaccinated if I had COVID?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.


David Malebranche, MD, MPH explains that people who have had COVID should still get vaccinated to ensure they are fully protected.


I’ve heard people say, “Well, I have had COVID so I’ve been exposed. Therefore, my immune system is producing the proteins or antibodies. So I should be good, right?”

And we’re even telling the people that have been exposed to get vaccinated, because we don’t know how long that natural immunity, that production of natural antibodies when you get exposed to it will actually last. We don’t know if it’s three months, six months, a year.


Black doctors, nurses and researchers dispel misinformation and provide accessible facts about the COVID-19 vaccines in this new living library of FAQ videos to help Black Americans with this important decision. More videos and voices will be added as new questions arise and information becomes available.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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