Contracted Covid after the 1st jab? Don’t skip 2nd after cure

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If you have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine but got infected with the novel coronavirus, there is no need to worry about the status of your vaccination as you can go for the second dose soon after recovery.

According to medical experts, the prescribed number of vaccine doses should be taken and no one should skip it without expert advice.

“If someone contracts infection after the first vaccine shot, the person should wait till recovery and get the second dose after it,” said head of SGPGI’s microbiology department Prof Ujjala Ghoshal.

“The infection will leave a person with some antibodies but it is still not known for how long natural immunity lasts. The full dose of vaccine will provide better antibodies against the disease and its severity,” she said.

Prof Ghoshal said it was imperative to take the same vaccine (Covaxin or Covishield) for both the doses and mixing of the two should not be done.

“The gap between the two doses is to be 8-12 weeks but if one is recovering from an illness, or has missed the appointment for second dose, one should not panic and take the second shot at the earliest,” said Prof Ghoshal.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), even if a person had Covid-19 in the past, he or she should be vaccinated when it is available,” she added.

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