I have had Covid-19. Can I still get vaccine in France?

Studies reveal no serious adverse effects of vaccine on patients who have already had Covid-19

7 January 2021
By Thomas Brent

Reader question: Should I get vaccinated even if I have already had Covid-19?

Short answer: You can, but it is best to wait at least three months from having the illness to going for vaccination.

France’s health body the Haute Autorité de Santé (HAS) published a recommendation on this matter on December 18, 2020.

It states that, “to date, the data does not indicate whether there is any benefit to vaccinate people who have already been infected with CoV-2-SARS.”

“The duration of long-term immunity conferred by Covid-19 is currently unknown. Although the actual frequency of reinfection cases is difficult to establish, the number of published cases of reinfection documented remains low for the moment (about 10).”

The authority notes, though, that there are “no particular serious adverse effects when a person who has already had Covid-19 is vaccinated”. This is based on studies carried out over a period of three months.

HAS states that anyone who has already had Covid-19 who wishes to be vaccinated can do so, following a consultation with their doctor. It is recommended that they wait for at least three months from the onset of symptoms before doing so.

The authority has also said that it is not worth testing people for Covid-19 before vaccinating them as current serology tests do not provide evidence of immunity to the virus.

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