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Six months required for Covid survivors who want to get vaccinated

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A woman is inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh's Chamkarmon district. Heng Chivoan

Six months required for Covid survivors who want to get vaccinated

People who have recovered from Covid-19 do not need to get vaccinated against the disease because they have already developed antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, but they can get the jab six month after recovery if they desire, according to Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine.

“For those who have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine and then contracted the virus, or those who have not gotten the jab and contracted the disease but later recovered, they don’t need to get vaccinated because they have already developed immunity. This has been scientifically proven,” she said.

Vandine, who is also head of the national Covid-19 vaccination commission, noted that people who still wanted to be inoculated against the novel coronavirus and its variants can do so six months after recovery.

Anyone who suspects that they have Covid-19 or has been in contact with a probable or confirmed case of infection is required to undergo quarantine, in accordance with the health ministry's guidelines.

The World Health Organisation also cautioned on May 14 that even those who had received the jab should continue to wear facemasks in areas where the coronavirus is spreading.


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