Can I get COVID-19 more than once?

June 11, 2022


Unfortunately, it’s possible to get COVID-19 multiple times. This is partly due to new variants of the virus, partly due to infection not providing lasting immunity, partly due to vaccinations targeting different variants of the virus and partly due to the effectiveness of vaccines declining over time.

But, research indicates that vaccination—especially when you are up to date with recommended boosters—provides the best defense against hospitalization and death. And vaccination provides benefits even if you contract COVID-19 before getting your shot and/or booster(s).

Key Takeaways

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    Vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent COVID-19 hospitalization and death.

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    Being up to date with your vaccination and boosters provides the best level of protection.

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    Getting vaccinated even if you’ve had COVID-19 helps to prevent future hospitalization and death.