Yes, you should still get vaccinated if you previously had COVID-19. The vaccine will help prevent you from other COVID-19 variants and reinfection.
Source: Minnesota Dept. of Health - If I had COVID-19
Last Reviewed: 11/8/23
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Yes, the vaccines are safe, vetted by state and federal experts, and authorized for public use. In fact, the CDC reports that the COVID-19 vaccines have undergone the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.
All vaccines undergo rigorous clinical trials to test their safety and effectiveness, including vaccines for COVID-19. The manufacturers must present required data, which is then thoroughly reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After a vaccine is authorized or approved for use, many safety monitoring systems are in place to watch for possible side effects.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is not issuing replacement CDC cards at this time, but you can obtain your records from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) in a variety of ways listed below. Your MIIC record will have the same information as your CDC vaccination card. MIIC is an immunization information system (IIS) that combines a person's immunizations into a single record, even if they were given by different health care providers in the state.
Option 1) Use the Docket AppMinnesotans can now easily access their MIIC immunization record through their smartphones or other mobile devices by using an MDH-approved app called Docket. Docket also allows you to conveniently export a PDF with your records and email it to yourself. To get started, download the free app by searching "Docket" in your app store.
Option 2) Submit a MIIC RequestMDH is experiencing a high volume of requests, so you will likely experience delays. Using the Docket app instead is highly recommended. Once you submit a MIIC request, MDH will send records to you within 21 business days. A parent or legal guardian can request records for children under 18. Individuals over 18 must request their own record. You cannot request a record for your spouse/partner.
Option 3) Call Scott County Public Health - For Scott County clients onlyIf you were vaccinated by Scott County Public Health and have questions about your COVID-19 vaccination record, please contact us. Please note that we cannot search for your records if you were vaccinated by other providers.
No, there are no live coronavirus cells in any approved COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines may be given to people with underlying medical conditions, as long as they are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. They should work with their health care provider to make sure they stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including getting the 2023-2024 vaccine formulation.
Source: Minnesota Dept. of Health - Considerations for Special Populations