Some people may think that by vaccinating against COVID-19, they have been completely free from Corona virus infection and no longer need to follow strict health protocols. In fact, the risk of reinfection with COVID-19 after vaccination is still possible.
Reinfection of COVID-19 after vaccination means that a person has been infected with COVID-19 once, recovered, carried out the complete COVID-19 vaccination, but was later reinfected. Although currently still rare, several cases of reinfection of COVID-19 after vaccination have been reported in several countries, including Indonesia.
This indicates that people who have been infected with the Corona virus and have been vaccinated against COVID-19 still have the potential to be infected and transmit this virus to other people, especially groups of people who are at high risk.
COVID-19 Reinfection Cases After Vaccination
If a person has been infected with the Corona virus and received a full COVID-19 vaccination, which is up to 2 doses of the vaccine, his body can quickly form strong antibodies to fight the virus and prevent serious complications when he is later exposed.
However, even though the COVID-19 vaccine can protect the body from complications due to COVID-19, scientists are still continuing to research further to what extent the vaccine can prevent re-infection and transmission of the Corona virus to others.
Data related to cases of reinfection of COVID-19 after vaccination are still being collected from various countries. The reason is, it is still not known clearly the difference in cases of reinfection after vaccination or infection with a new type of Corona virus.
In the United States there are nearly 10,000 cases of reinfection of COVID-19 out of an estimated 95 million people who have been fully vaccinated. In other words, nearly 10 out of 100 people vaccinated can get COVID-19 re-infection without symptoms or with symptoms and potentially transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 to others.
This is certainly dangerous for people who are not vaccinated and are at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, including children, the elderly, and people with serious illnesses.
PrecautionsCOVID-19 Reinfection After Vaccination
The COVID-19 vaccine is indeed expected to be a solution to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this effort must also be accompanied by the disciplined application of health protocols by the entire community, including those who have been vaccinated, so that reinfection of COVID-19 after vaccination can be prevented.
Here are preventative steps that can be taken:
- Always wear a mask, especially in public places, in closed spaces, or in poorly ventilated areas.
- Keep a distance of at least 1 meter from other people.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue.
- Avoid crowds or crowds of people.
- Avoid visiting people who are not vaccinated or are at high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, such as children and the elderly.
- Follow the health protocol guidelines from the local government, according to the situation and risks in the area where you live.
It should be emphasized again that vaccination does not prevent COVID-19 absolutely and the risk of transmission of the Corona virus still exists. So, keep protecting yourself for the sake of your family and those around you.
If you still have questions about reinfection with COVID-19 after vaccination, you can consult a doctor. Don't be swayed by rumors of a COVID-19 vaccine whose source is unclear, let alone spread it, okay?