UW Health: Getting Covid vaccine outweighs natural immunity from infection

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A viewer, Terry, sent a question to NewsChannel 7′s vaccine team wondering if you’ve had Covid-19, would your immune system protect you better than the vaccine itself?

The Senior Medical Director of Primary Care at UW Health said there is no better way to fight the virus and reach community immunity than to get the shot. He said while there are benefits to the immune response from natural infection, the vaccine offers better and longer protection.

Research so far shows the vaccine protects for at least six months, if not longer.

With the vaccine alone, you have a very small risk of infection and if you had Covid, the best time to get the vaccine is between 60 and 90 days after your positive diagnosis.

“There will be some benefits from natural immunity, but they’re not going to be as significant and long lasting as [the] vaccination, so herd immunity is gonna come predominantly through vaccinations, that’s the best path,” Dr. Matt Anderson said. Anderson said the more people that can get vaccinated, the fewer restrictions would need to be in place moving forward.

He also wanted to remind people that anyone who has not gotten the vaccine, it’s vital to still wear a mask. This will prevent infecting yourself and others.

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