FAQ: When to vaccinate after COVID-19 illness

How long should I wait after being ill with COVID-19 to get the vaccine?

Mosaic Medical providers recommend waiting four weeks after recovery* from a COVID-19 infection before receiving a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person with COVID-19 may leave isolation ten days after symptoms first appear and after a period of 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and other symptoms are improving. Loss of sense of taste and smell may persist for months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you have had a severe illness from COVID-19 (defined as requiring hospitalization, admission to intensive care unit, intubation, or mechanical ventilation) you may require an isolation period of up to 20 days. When you meet the criteria to discontinue isolation (as defined by your provider) you will then be eligible for vaccination.

 

What if I tested positive for COVID-19 but don’t have any symptoms?

If someone does not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and tests positive for the virus they can receive the vaccine at any time. The screening questions for the vaccine ask whether or not someone feels ill on the day of the immunization. If someone feels ill, they should postpone receiving the vaccination.

 

What if I tested positive for COVID-19 and received monoclonal antibodies?

Those who received monoclonal antibodies after testing positive for COVID-19 must wait 90 days to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Should I get tested to see if I have recovered from COVID-19?

The CDC does NOT recommend testing for COVID-19 recovery and Mosaic Medical does not offer this service.

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