Get Vaccinated Even If You've Had COVID-19

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By Dr. Henning Ansorg, M.D., FACP, Health Officer County of Santa Barbara, Department of Public Health

Even if you previously had COVID-19, you should still get vaccinated.

Recent research suggests that people who have had COVID-19 should be immunized.

We do know, that the immunity against SARS-CoV2 wild type as well as the newer variants will be significantly better after vaccination.

Individuals who had COVID-19 may only require one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine to achieve optimal protection.

If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are unsure what treatments you received, please talk to your doctor.

In Santa Barbara County, all residents age 16 and older are eligible for a vaccine. Please click here for more information about the vaccines and appointments.

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PitMix Apr 22, 2021 11:56 AM
Get Vaccinated Even If You've Had COVID-19

And if you are continuing to have after-effects from Covid as a long-hauler, the vaccine can sometimes help with that. They think the vaccine helps your immune system fight against some of those effects.

Look_Over_Here Apr 22, 2021 12:47 PM
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Thanks - but not a chance. My immune system is working just fine. Anyone wanting to be a test subject for a SHOT that has not been tested or approved, be my guest - you can have my dose.

a-1619121125 Apr 22, 2021 12:52 PM
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That's just ignorant nonsense.

Chip of SB Apr 22, 2021 01:11 PM
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Here is the fact sheet for the Pfizer vaccine on the fda’s website. It explains what an EUA is and the conditions under which it is allowed. It also explains that the Pfizer vaccine “has not undergone the same type of review as an fda approved and cleared product.” Similar fact sheets are available for the other vaccines.

Seabird Apr 22, 2021 06:00 PM
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Eh, let people who want to get it, receive it; let those who choose not to, not. Fact is, the majority of people ARE receiving the vaccine and progress is being made. No need to attack those who choose to - or choose NOT to - receive the vaccine. It is what it is. Mind your beeswax.

a-1619140157 Apr 22, 2021 06:09 PM
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Except vaccine deniers can kill by spreading the virus, not to mention acting as a source of variants, so it's everyone's business.

OGSB Apr 22, 2021 07:31 PM
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@6:09 I believe you can still spread the virus even when vaccinated. That's what they used to say anyway. Isn't that why vaccinated people still have to wear masks? Or am I behind on the ever-changing covid "science"?

OGSB Apr 22, 2021 07:34 PM
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Guess I'm still up on what to do, just not why.'ve%20been%20fully,places%20until%20we%20know%20more.

a-1619146271 Apr 22, 2021 07:51 PM
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I have no idea what "reddit" is. FUD is an established generic term for propaganda meant to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt, which is unquestionably what is going on here.

And it's quite easy to judge the veracity of weblinks when they come from domains that routinely spread misinformation.

MarcelK Apr 22, 2021 08:39 PM
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This is at least the second time that you have falsely claimed that "FUD" is "jargon" from Reddit. I don't know how one reaches such a level of not knowing stuff, but:,_uncertainty,_and_doubt "The term "fear, uncertainty, and doubt" appeared as far back as the 1920s,[1][2] whereas the similar formulation "doubts, fears, and uncertainties" even reaches back to 1693 the least.[3][4] By 1975, the term was appearing abbreviated as FUD in marketing and sales contexts[5] as well as in public relations"

MarcelK Apr 22, 2021 08:49 PM
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"So you read all four articles in five minutes? " There are thousands of articles from *reputable sources* that say otherwise and you haven't read any of them. Here's one:

MountainMan4865 Apr 22, 2021 10:41 PM
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Channelfog Apr 23, 2021 04:11 AM
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453-Mom was an RN for 40yrs and saw pharma for what it was. She told me not to take experimental drugs and that we cannot be truly confident about efficacy and safety until 7 years of general use. The "infoverse" to which you refer, is decidedly pro-vax. It obfuscates everything such as the 2 labs in Israel that found a 1.2% incidence of Herpes Zoster (a rare form of herpes) in vaccinated people. True or not, time will tell, measured in years not months.
Recourse? That would be suits against the bio lab if it could be proven to be the source. Our best bet is to, eat well, exercise, get sleep and minimize stress. We are healthy and Corna 19 version 1.0 as not worse than any other flu, but the mutations will be worse.....

SBgal74 Apr 23, 2021 09:43 AM
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Good wonder we have so much vaccine refusal. Your post is full of so much nonsense I can’t even begin to unpack it all...BTW “Herpes Zoster” that “rare form of Herpes” you speak of is commonly known as “Shingles”. It’s not rare at all and there’s actually 2 fully FDA approved vaccines to prevent it. One is called Zostavax and the other is called Shingrix. Shingles occur as a result of dormant varicella virus aka (chickenpox) being activated by a trigger...could be stress, injury, etc...Another great point is kids who receive their varicella vaccine which protects them from contracting chickenpox should theoretically never be at risk for developing shingles.. See how great vaccines can be? Oh and COVID is NOTHING like the flu, so stop with that BS already. Influenza is a purely a respiratory illness and COVID has shown itself to be so much more than that. While it can be mild for many it’s been absolutely devastating for the loved ones of the over 560,000 dead people! Sheesh!

Channelfog Apr 23, 2021 09:55 AM
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SBGAL- Yes, Zoster is very rare, my step father had it devastate him and the doctors in Vienna were extremely interested due to the rarity. This IS the strain mentioned in the study., but thanx for simplex lecture.
We now have a triple mutant variety in India which seems to be the South African, the Brazillian and some other mutation. Who's betting the vaccine works for that puppy? As I've stated before. Corona virus mutates to fast to keep up with. When folks are faced with "boosters" every few months we'll see vax rates plumet.
When we had covid it WAS like the flu, probably because we eat well and are otherwise healthly

SBgal74 Apr 23, 2021 10:36 AM
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Well as someone who’s worked in the medical field for 21 years and attended numerous infectious disease lectures that deal with the topic you claim I’ve given a “simplex lecture” on...I have a little more knowledge than the average bear. However, perhaps you need Google to help you out. Please just search “herpes zoster shingles” It’s listed as “common” in the US with over 200,000 cases occurring annually. That’s not to say it can’t be horrific to experience. That is why it’s important to get a vaccine to prevent it. Vaccines are an incredibly important part of saving lives and public health in general. Yes, the COVID virus will continue to mutate and we will likely need to get annual boosters but the alternative of continued widespread death and destruction of the world’s economy should be unacceptable to everyone with a conscious.

mtndriver Apr 23, 2021 10:51 AM
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Do a search, Channelfog. Herpes zoster is not rare, and if your mom was a nurse for 40 years, I'm sure she would verify that for you. I know two people who’ve had it just in the past year. An uncle had it for over a year back in the 90s—extremely painful. And are we still hearing that COVID is no worse than the flu? When was the last time the flu killed over half a million people in a year? Oh, 1918, I guess. Another novel virus, and no vaccine, and some people thinking a healthy immune system was all it takes to stay well. If your immune system has never met this virus, you have no way of knowing how well it will do against it. Many young and healthy people have had serious cases, have died. Many have continuing after effects that are really debilitating. The more people who get the virus, the more opportunities it has to mutate. Vaccination shrinks the pool of potential bodies for the virus to mutate in. It’s a service to all of us to get vaccinated. It’s not just about you.

Channelfog Apr 23, 2021 11:18 AM
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SBGAL- What was rare was the severity and swiftness with which it hit him. He slipped into a coma in less than a day, and awoke 2 weeks later, a different (ruined) mind/nervous system. The care in Vienna was exquisite with meticulous MRSA protocols, unlike when we finally got him back to CA 2 months later. I have no quibbles with the zoster vaccine it has been around a long time, unlike Covid vaccines. Of Lab rats and lemmings.....

Channelfog Apr 23, 2021 11:29 AM
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MTNDR- Zoster caused him to have acute brain swelling/bleeding, grandmal seizures and a 2 week coma. It took a year to learn to walk with a walker and he could never write to hard drive again. He could recount every detail of the Manhattan Project, or his childhood, but not what happened yesterday or an hour ago.
I said Covid 1.0 was no worse for us than a common flu, not that the mutations are so tame (for us!). Did those deceased "healthy" young folks eat crap, sleep little, and party hard? Vaccines or not, this is a time for organic, balanced diet and any other life changes for health and minimal stress. As to being a lab rat, it IS just about me!

a-1619217273 Apr 23, 2021 03:34 PM
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2:52 - If you read carefully, you'll see that the vaccine greatly reduces your chances of being infected at all. However, in the rare case where you may get infected, it greatly reduces the impact, by reducing the viral load, which also diminishes your chances of spreading it.

mtndriver Apr 23, 2021 08:06 PM
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Maybe you could cite the place on the CDC website where that is written. I can't find it. The vaccines are 95% effective at preventing infection, not preventing symptoms. And if you get it after being vaccinated, you are not going to end up in the hospital or dead. Seems like excellent odds.

MarcelK Apr 25, 2021 01:02 PM
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"I said Covid 1.0 was no worse for us than a common flu"

Yes, you said it, and like nearly everything else you've said, you were wrong.

citizenSB Apr 22, 2021 01:42 PM
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I'd much rather deal with known and unknown side effects of the vaccine than the known and unknown side effects of COVID. Place your bets.

MountainMan4865 Apr 23, 2021 12:13 AM
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But I give up. You're right. It's all good. You get your injection, I'll stay home. You keep wearing your mask and keeping away from people, 'cause now you're vaccinated and still need to wear masks and keep away from people.

MarcelK Apr 25, 2021 02:43 PM
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"But I give up. " It's wise to give up on disseminating disinformation and employing irrational modes of thought and argument, and instead embrace critical thinking.

gizmo1 Apr 23, 2021 07:58 AM
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I read an article from saying if you had covid 19 you should wait 5-6 months now before getting vacinated not 90 days -I wonder which one it is?

sfgac055 Apr 23, 2021 10:35 AM
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So easy to come on here and anonymously rail on people who are hesitant about getting the vaccine. Would you speak to family, friends, coworkers who are unsure like this?? I am not "anti-vax" but I respect others opinions what is best for their body. If the majority of the population are getting vaccinated, and it works, why the hate and disrespect to those who choose not to or arent sure?

a-1619214498 Apr 23, 2021 02:48 PM
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10:35 - Those who choose not to vaccinate put others at risk, just like those who choose to drink to excess and drive. Got it?

sfgac055 Apr 23, 2021 04:40 PM
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my question was whether the people anonymously dragging unvaccinated people would do so in the same fashion with their coworkers, family members, friends etc who are still unsure about the vaccine? There are kind, intelligent, hard working people who are UNSURE. Not every person who hasn’t been vaccinated yet is a “stupid trump supporting Fox News watching dum*as$”.


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