I already had Covid, so why would I need the vaccine?

Vaccination is recommended for people who have had Covid because scientific studies show that that the immunity from vaccination is stronger and lasts longer than the immunity from having the disease.  Vaccination also appears to give more protection against new variants of the virus.

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1. I already had Covid, so why would I need the vaccine?
2. Will the vaccine protect me against variant strains of the coronavirus?
3. Are there important differences between vaccines?
4. How do we know the vaccine is safe and effective?
5. I read the vaccine is 95% effective. Does that mean there is still a 5% chance I could get Covid?
6. I am fully vaccinated. Do I need a booster shot?
7. What do we know about side effects?
8. I have doubts about the Covid vaccines because they were developed so quickly.