Should I get vaccinated if I’ve already had COVID-19?

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – More than 200,000 New Mexicans have recovered from COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends those folks get vaccinated.

An article published in January 2021 from the National Institutes of Health details a small study where antibodies of those previously infected "remained fairly stable over time, declining only modestly at 6 to 8 months after infection."

According to the CDC, cases of re-infection with COVID-19 have been reported, but remain rare.

The New Mexico Department of Health said none of the epidemiology reports on state’s COVID-19 dashboard include the number of re-infection among those who have already had COVID-19. Instead, it’s broken down by vaccination status.

KOB 4 asked the governor’s office if having had COVID-19 could serve as an alternative to the vaccine. A spokesperson pointed us toward the direction of the CDC’s frequently asked questions.

"Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19.”

It said, "evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19.”