COVID-19 vaccination is essential for everyone, including people who have already had COVID-19. Data show that recently sick people who do not get vaccinated at least two months after their recovery are more likely to get COVID-19 again than people who get vaccinated after their recovery. This means that the COVID-19 vaccines increase protection against each COVID-19 re-infection.

Although highly contagious variants have led to breakthrough infections among vaccinated people, being unvaccinated is a clear health risk. Immunity provided by the updated COVID-19 vaccines is more safe, robust, and consistent, when compared to immunity from COVID-19 infection. COVID-19 vaccination is the best way to protect against death, hospitalization, and long-term COVID-19 health consequences.

Updated December 14, 2023