02/26/2021

Does A Vaccine Help You If You’ve Already Had COVID-19?

11:47 minutes

a nurse administering a vaccine to a woman, both wearing masks
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This story is part of Science Friday’s coverage on the novel coronavirus, the agent of the disease COVID-19. Listen to experts discuss the spread, outbreak response, and treatment.


Vaccines doses have started to rollout and are getting into the arms of people. We know that if you already had COVID-19, you build up antibodies against the virus. So do the vaccines affect you if you’ve already had COVID-19? 

Science writer Roxanne Khamsi talks about recent studies showing that a single dose of vaccine could boost immunity for former COVID-19 patients. She also discusses a study that found over 140,000 viral species in the human gut and Elizabeth Ann, the first cloned black-footed ferret.


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Roxanne Khamsi

Roxanne Khamsi is a science writer based in Montreal, Quebec.

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