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Can You Take COVID-19 Shot After Contracting The Virus? Read To Know

By Priya Mewada +2 more

Amid the advancement of COVID-19 vaccination drives across the globe, the confusion and rumours around the efficacy of the vaccines are still rising. People are trying to find answers to their questions like – ”When do they become immune to the virus?”, ”How long does the immunity last?” and many more.

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Well, these confusions exist because people tend to believe every rumour they come across, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has appealed multiple times to only trust the authentic sources about the information related to Coronavirus.

One of the most prevalent confusions around the Coronavirus vaccines these days is how long should a person wait to get the vaccine after getting infected.

Busting the myth

Some of the researchers have recently claimed that a person can take the COVID-19 vaccine right after recovering from the disease but only if they do not have any symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, suggests waiting for 90 days from the day you test positive for COVID-19 disease if you haven’t received any shot yet.

The CDC also suggests, people who got infected after receiving their first shot may take the second dose on their scheduled date, but only if their quarantine period is over and they do not have any symptoms.

The CDC has also clarified that if you have had COVID-19 and now you have recovered, you must be having some natural protection against the virus, but it is still unclear how long that immunity is going to last.

COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without you having to experience potentially severe illness or post-COVID conditions. Vaccination can be taken safely post 90 days of successful recovery from COVID.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD

Additional Information

The CDC has suggested not to take the vaccine for at least 90 days if you have undergone an antibody therapy for COVID-19.

Currently, India has vaccinated over 62.5 lakh healthcare workers and frontline workers. The authorities have confirmed that about 3.3 lakh people are being inoculated on a daily basis.

What should you actually worry about?

The authorities, however, have cautioned COVID-infected people not to get the vaccine if they have any symptoms of the disease. Moreover, long-haulers, people who have recovered from COVID-19 but still have some symptoms, should consult their physician before taking the shot.

Prevalent myths related to COVID-19 vaccinations

There are plenty of myths that are discouraging people from showing up at the vaccination centres, causing a huge blow to India’s fight against the Coronavirus. Here we have listed a few myths which CDC has described as completely baseless:

  • COVID-19 vaccine shot can infect me with COVID-19.
  • After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, I will test positive for the disease in the viral test.
  • I have already recovered from COVID-19 once. So, I do not need the vaccine
  • The vaccine will alter my DNA.
  • Getting the vaccine will affect my ability to have a baby in future.

The possible vaccine side-effects

Many people around the country believe that those who are taking the vaccine shots are suffering from serious side effects. They agree that the people may suffer from some mild side effects, which are listed below:

  • Fever
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Malaise
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Pain, swelling, itching, redness at the injection site.

More serious side-effects include:

  • Throat and face swelling
  • Rashes
  • Allergic reaction
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Weakness


With the kind of results India’s indigenous vaccines are fetching, people have started showing more interest in taking the shot for COVID-19. We, however, have to work together to stop the spread of misconceptions to eventually defeat the disease which had literally confined the world to their houses. 

Let’s pledge not to forward any information related to the disease without cross-checking it with the official sources, like the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, WHO, CDC, etc.

Know your current health status.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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V.vijaya kumar

I got infected with COVID 19 on 17/04/2021
I took my first shot of covishield on 20/03/2021. After completion of my quarantine period, when can I take my second dose of COVID vaccine?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hi Vijaya,
If you get infected by COVID-19 after taking the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should wait for 3 months from the day of recovery before taking your second dose of vaccination. Stay healthy and safe.


I have taken the vaccine without knowing I have covid. Later after taking the vaccine, when tested I was detected COVID positive. what shall I do now?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hi Rehansk,
Symptoms of COVID-19 may vary from person to person. We advise you not to panic. Kindly consult a doctor and follow the prescribed treatment. Wishing you good health.

Manisha Mohan

If a person is covid positive…., so after how many days of being diagnosed with negative result she/he should take first shot of vaccine?


Dear Sir/Madam,

I have been tested COVID positive on 30th March and tested NEGATIVE on 30th April.
In this case, when I can take the vaccination, can I go now. please clarify.

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hi Davis,
You may take the vaccine after three months of recovery from COVID-19 infection. Stay safe and healthy.


I was detected covid-19 positive on 11th March 21 and recovered after 9 days of hospitalization as per guidance, also I followed quarantine for 7 days. In order to take my 1st vaccine I inquired from the national health care center, they advised me to take vaccination after 18 days quarantine.
accordingly, I have taken my 1st dose of vaccination on 11th May 21, exactly after 60 days.
My question is there any chances of health issues?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hi Pankaj,
There may be little or no chances of a health issue that you need to worry about. However, there is always a possibility of mild discomfort, usually for a couple of days that one may experience post-vaccination. We hope you are doing well now. Wish you a happy and healthy life.

Ankit Panwar

I had 2nd dose of Covishield on 21 April and 1st dose on 8th March. Moreover, I was also found COVID positive on 21 April. Can I experience any side effects due to this?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hey Ankit,
Symptoms of COVID-19 and side effects from vaccination vary greatly from person to person. We can not really comment on how it will present for you. You are advised to consult a doctor and follow the prescribed treatment. Wishing you good health.


Nice awareness blog.

Manav Sodhi

Thank you, glad you liked it.

Renu Jain

I took the first dose of Covaxin on 25th March and I was detected covid positive on 20 April. Now I have no symptoms. When should I take my second dose of vaccine?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Hi Renu,
If you get infected by COVID-19 after taking the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should wait for 3 months from the day of recovery before taking your second dose of vaccination.


I don’t know if I have covid or not and have no symptom.should I take vaccine,. Also I am undergoing gastroenterology treatment. Please reply

Sourabh Bain

If you have symptoms but after covid test you are not positive so when will we able to take covid shot ?

Sasi Kumar

I have tested positive on 12 May. I am Recoverd From Covid By Following Home Isolation. 1 July I have Taken My first Dose Of Covaxin . is It Oh K or If I Face Any Side Effects


I have taken my first dose of the vaccine on June 14. I tested positive for covid on July 2nd. When is it safe for me to take the second dose, considering that I will need to take my second dose to enable me to fly back to Dubai. Thanks

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Dear Lakshmi,
It is advised to defer the vaccination for at least 4-8 weeks after recovering from a Covid infection. Wish you good health.

Parul Jaiswal

Hi, mam I was tested positive on 7th May 2021. When should I take my first dose of the vaccine…As doctor advice to take after 84 days…But I am still confused about which date I should count 84 days…Please suggest it.

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Dear Parul,
The vaccine for Covid can be taken on any day after 84 days have passed post-recovery from a COVID infection. Anytime after 14th of August,2021 will be suitable for you. Hope this helps.

Anand Subhas

I have taken the first dose on 24th June…and after 5 days I feel breathless during the night and feeling difficult to sleep…. What should be doing to recover from breathlessness?

Mary Mugana

I tested Covid positive 1st week of June 2021 and tested negative after 2weeks..
But till now am still experiencing post Covid symptoms..Malaise, stomach upset at times, joint pains,flu like symptoms at times..
It’s now 2months..
Is it normal to experience this?
And is it appropriate for me to take the vaccine?
Can the vaccine cure the symptoms?