Should a person who is currently having covid should take the vaccine?
The surge of covid 19 cases recently worldwide has urged the scientists and researchers to find the ultimate solution to break the chain of the deadly infectious disease which is the covid 19 vaccine programme. However, there are tons of frequently asked questions on this particular hot topic and in this article, should a person who is currently infected with covid 19 should take the vaccine will be discussed thoroughly.
Continue reading the article to know more about why you should not take the vaccine at this time?
It is not recommended for you to take the vaccination especially when you are contracting the covid 19 virus currently. There are several reasons why you should not take them.
- When you are manifesting the covid 19 symptoms, it is not advisable to go out from your house and get yourself vaccinated. By doing so, you have the potential to spread the virus more to people who are not previously infected and this is because the vaccination location is usually full of people who are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated even though strict social distancing is practiced. Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease specialist mentioned getting vaccination during active disease is not safe at all.
This is especially true because you are still very contagious and have all the potential to spread the virus to rest. You will most probably be asked to reschedule your vaccination date at your health status assessment centre during your vaccination day.
- You shall probably wait a little longer after having an active covid 19 infection as studies suggest that you get a better and stronger immune response after delaying your vaccination shot schedule after contracting the virus. Here are some of them;
- A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that it is fairly beneficial to wait about 90 days (3 months) after your active infection to get yourself vaccinated. The study mainly focused at Italian healthcare workers who waited for about 3 months after their complete recovery from covid 19 infection to get their first vaccination shot. Evidence showed that they manifested better immune responses compared to others.
- This is true for those who also received monoclonal antibodies during their active illness. Monoclonal antibodies are proteins made in the laboratory that mimic the action of natural antibodies in your body to fight against the virus. It is beneficial to wait about 90 days for your vaccination to allow a better immune response simultaneously allowing time for this monoclonal antibodies to leave your body completely.
- Another study by doctors from the Icahn School of Medicine in Mount SInai suggested that those with prior covid 19 infection generated better immune response even after one dose of Pfizer vaccination compared to those who completed both the vaccination shots.
What is the best thing you could do now?
- The best thing you could do right now is to stay at home and quarantine yourself. This is fairly important for your safety and others by preventing the spread of viruses.
- Even if you are recovered or feeling better, always wear a mask and practice appropriate social distance and avoid being in public or crowded places.
- Reschedule your vaccination day after 3 months from your complete recovery date. You may want to consult an expert or doctor to discuss this matter and a better opinion.