Although there is minimal benefit from having a COVID-19 vaccine dose soon after infection, SARS-CoV-2 testing rates have dropped significantly, so from a practical perspective it is challenging for many individuals to know if they have had a recent infection. In these circumstances it is appropriate to proceed with a further dose.
Vaccination is likely to enhance the protection induced by infection. A greater interval between infection and vaccination enhances the protection from vaccination by further boosting the immune response, including immune memory response, generated following infection.7
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.