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Is immunity after COVID-19 better than from a vaccine?

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

Ilan Shapiro, MD explains that even people who have had COVID-19 still need to get vaccinated to be protected from future infection.
We know that there are certain viruses that will actually create a lot of antibodies and we will be protected for long term. Like, chickenpox is a great example of that. If you get it, you’re very safe, but it hasn’t been the case with COVID-19. We have seen multiple kids and adults get sick over and over again. That means that if we’re only thinking about natural immunity as our only shield, we are unprotected. That’s why I clearly recommend getting the vaccine to make sure that us and our kids are protected.

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