People who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 will have had an immune response that produced antibodies to the virus, possibly excepting some patients who are immunosuppressed. So, it raises questions and confusion in the community about the need for a vaccine for people who have already survived COVID-19.
Cassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, an infectious disease physician and associate hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center discussed this topic during a webinar while answering an audience member's question: "If I already have had COVID-19, am I immune?" Pierre's thorough response about why people who have already had COVID-19 should still get the vaccine works as an effective blueprint for fellow physicians to speak to their patients about the same subject.
The webinar, which you can watch in full on YouTube, was hosted by the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing at the Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Moderators Reverend Liz Walker and Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, MD, spoke with Pierre, Simone S. Wildes, MD, and members of the community about the COVID-19 vaccine. It was part of the program's series, "Coping in This Season of COVID-19" and allowed community members to share their stories, concerns, and questions with healthcare professionals.