Doctor Gottlieb believes that those who have once gotten the coronavirus and recovered from it might be getting a lot of benefits from the vaccine than they are getting now. It is supposedly doing them more good than the others who had not been infected by the coronavirus before but are getting vaccinated now.
The reason to still receive a vaccine is “twofold,” contended Gottlieb, who serves on the board of vaccine maker Pfizer.
“One, we believe the vaccine provides a more durable and broader immunity, so it’s going to protect you better against the variants,” he said, alluding to the highly transmissible delta strain, which is causing concern for public health officials.
“Two, if you’ve been previously infected and even if you get a single dose of the vaccine — forget getting both doses of the vaccine, just a single dose of the vaccine — you get a very robust immune response,” Gottlieb said.
He did say that many people who Have been infected before do not take the vaccine thinking that the antibodies created by the illness would be enough but that’s not really true at all.
“It’s sort of the best of both worlds if you’ve been previously infected and you get vaccinated,” said Gottlieb, who led the FDA from 2017 to 2019 in the Trump administration. “At least with one dose, you do develop a broad, very deep, very durable immunity based on the data that we’ve seen so far, so there’s still a lot of compelling reasons why you’d want to get vaccinated even if you’ve been previously infected.”