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After COVID-19 infection

Summary of recommendations for individuals with a history of COVID-19

Need for testing if symptoms similar to COVID-19 occur:

Yes, Rapid antigen test.

Need for isolation in case of re-infection:

If symptomatic self-isolation is recommended for 5 days, otherwise follow special precaution.


Not previously vaccinated against COVID-19: COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for ages 12 and older – but not until 3 months after confirmed infection in order for vaccination to provide the best long-term protection.

Note! In Iceland, two-dose vaccines are used in the same way, whether or not there is a history of COVID-19. The Janssen vaccine can also be used for individuals with a history of COVID-19; then there is no urgent need for an additional dose after 2 months from the Janssen dose.

Recommendations regarding booster dose after primary vaccination and COVID-19:

COVID-19 infection and vaccinated after illness: Yes, 6 months after primary vaccination.
Fully vaccinated prior to COVID-19 infection: Yes, 6 months after COVID-19 infection.
Those aged 70 years and older and individuals with immunosuppression aged 12–69 years: Booster dose recommended after 3 months rather than 6 months.

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