Even if you’ve had COVID, it’s important to get a vaccination or booster. This is because that while your body gets some immunity from the infection itself, this protection is short-lived, perhaps only a few weeks. By which time you are vulnerable to catching COVID again, and either getting symptoms or passing it on without knowing to those around you.
If you’ve had COVID infection confirmed on a test, you should wait at least 28 days before having a vaccine or booster. If you have COVID symptoms around the time of your vaccine or booster appointment, you should take a test and wait for the result, and postpone your appointment. Even if you’ve had a mild version of COVID, a booster not only protects you from the risk of severe COVID disease, but also protects those more vulnerable in society from catching the virus and becoming unwell. *Information correct on 17 January 2022