Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said people who've had Covid-19 should still get the second dose of vaccine and should follow US Food and Drug Administration guidance.
“People who had Covid-19 should still follow the current @FDA guidance, which is two shots either 21 or 28 days apart. Although prior infection may help boost vaccination, we currently do not have enough evidence showing it would be comparable to vaccination for most people,” Fauci tweeted from the White House Covid-19 Response Team account during a question and answer session.
Some context: A preprint study posted online this week said that after getting just one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine, people who were previously infected with the virus tended to have antibody levels that were at or above those of people who had gotten both doses but never been infected. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Fauci also said on Thursday that everyone who has had Covid-19 should be vaccinated.
“If you had Covid-19, you should still get vaccinated. Because re-infection is uncommon 90 days after initial infection, you can delay vaccination until the end of that 90-day period, if desired. But vaccination is still safe after you’ve recovered from Covid-19,” he said in a tweet.