As ADHS and our partners work to educate people about the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, we are often emphasizing that the vaccine is recommended for everyone 12 and older, including those who have had a previous COVID-19 infection. 

A new CDC report published last week demonstrates the importance of getting your COVID-19 vaccine, even if you’ve already been infected with COVID-19. The study found that those who were previously infected with COVID-19 and unvaccinated were five times more likely to be hospitalized with a COVID-like illness compared to those who were fully vaccinated and were never infected. 

This week, CDC released a review of more than 90 reports and studies further demonstrating that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19, even for those who have already been infected. The data from this review show that vaccination can provide better immunity against COVID-19 than natural infection with the virus. 

These new CDC resources are encouraging and reinforce our recommendation that everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated gets vaccinated as soon as possible. To find a vaccination site near you, visit