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When is it safe to get a booster shot?

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Ask the Doctor Question:

When is it safe for my wife to get a booster shot? She received the first two vaccines 8‑months, following which she contracted COVID on July 13. She has been Watch and Wait for a year with no treatment needed.

Answer: Thank you for your question. According to the CDC guidance, she can get her booster generally after she is out of isolation (without symptoms) and/or 10 days after the onset of symptoms. However, if she was treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, she should wait 90 days before getting another dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

You can read more about boosters in the COVID-19 section of our website located here: