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If you got COVID-19, can you still get the delta variant?

People infected with COVID-19 may need to be wary of the delta variant

Joe Wright receives a COVID-19 test at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.
Joe Wright receives a COVID-19 test at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The delta variant of the novel coronavirus continues to create spikes and surges of the virus throughout the country, mainly among the unvaccinated. But what about the previously infected? Can you get the delta variant after previously having COVID-19?

Can you get the delta variant after having COVID-19?

It’s unclear if people who were previously infected with COVID-19 can get infected with the delta variant, according to Healthline.

Reinfections from COVID-19 remain rare, suggesting that someone who previously had COVID-19 might not get it again, according to Healthline.

  • “We know that reinfection is not a common occurrence, at least in the short term with the original variant of the virus as well as some of the other variance,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and an infectious disease expert, according to Healthline.
  • “It’s generally the rule that reinfections are not going to be severe because of the preexisting immunity that exists,” Adalja added.

Experts have recommended people previously infected with the coronavirus receive at least one dose of the vaccine to boost their antibody levels to protect against any new mutations that might pop up, though.

Should you get extra COVID-19 vaccine shots?

Per CNBC, some Americans have sought out additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to stay safe from the delta variant. In fact, some people have mixed vaccines in order to get a new dose. Mixing and matching vaccines has been a rather popular move in countries across the world, as the Deseret News reported.

  • People who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, for example, are looking to snag doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which use mRNA technology.

Experts have not recommended that fully vaccinated people run out to get new vaccines. But Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease professor at the University of Toronto, told CNBC it might be needed down the road.

  • “I would guess that those who received a single dose of Johnson & Johnson may need a booster of an mRNA vaccine than other people need boosters,” he said.