The recommendation for those who already had COVID-19 is to only get one vaccine dose

ORANJESTAD – The world is learning every day more about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Research is continuously taking place and based on the results, the policies on prevention or vaccination are adapted.

Recently a recommendation came out regarding the vaccination of persons who came into contact with the SARS-CoV-2 and recovered from it.

As is already known, those who got infected with the COVID-19 virus and recover, their body at some time react and make antibodies against the virus up to the point that a person recovers.  

Covid test resultAs is the case with other viral diseases the person is protected for a while. The question is for how long? The scientists do not have a concrete answer as yet, but based on their research, they are sure that the protection lasts for 6 months. This is the reason for the change in vaccination policy for those who got GOVID-19 and recovered.

The recommendation for persons who tested positive for the COVID-19 in the last 6 months is to only get one vaccine dose as a booster to keep their defenses high. Studies show that the antibodies of people who got a vaccine after they got COVID-19, increase drastically again, more so than a person who never got COVID-19 and got their first vaccine dose. 

Therefore, this recommendation is only for people who can prove through a positive COVID -19 test that they had COVID-19. This recommendation is not for people who believe they already got COVID-19 or those who suffer from immune deficiency disorders.

The persons that must get their two vaccine doses are those that did not get COVID-19 did get COVID-19 more than 6 months ago, or are suffering from the following diseases or health conditions:

  • Patient with a malignant rumor diagnosis in the past 5 years
  • Patients with chronic kidney disease (patient on dialysis or who got a transplant)
  • A patient who underwent an organ, stem cell, or bone marrow transplant
  • Patient with a Primary immunodeficiency disorder (PID)

Studies are ongoing on the immunological response of patients with these health conditions after getting the vaccine. If necessary, the policy can change after the results of these studies are known. We will inform you about the results, as we have been doing continuously. 

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