Quick Question: Will the COVID-19 vaccine give me COVID?

No, the vaccine will not give you COVID. When the topic of vaccines comes up, many times people wonder if the vaccine can give them the disease or virus it helps to prevent. This is a major misconception! Many vaccines, like the flu shot, contain dead or inactivated versions that are unable to spread the virus at all. Similarly, none of the COVID-19 vaccines under development within the U.S. are using the live version of the virus. 

  • Instead, these two-dose vaccines work by making our bodies recognize and then fight the virus. So if you feel slightly ill after receiving a vaccine, this is normal! Your immune system is recognizing the intruding virus and is fighting it off, but this is very different from actually having COVID-19. 
  • It also usually takes a few weeks for a vaccine to help create antibodies so your body can build up immunity. So if you do develop COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine, you were exposed before your body was able to develop a certain level of immunity. 
  • And remember, while 95% effectiveness is far better than many of us thought it would be, that still means some few people could still get COVID-19 after being vaccinated. It is critical to continue practicing good prevention habits even if you have been vaccinated. 

We are still learning more about all the ways that these vaccines affect the immune system and our bodies. This is why it is important to stay up to date with the newest vaccine-related information! Side effects experienced during vaccine trials were similar to common side effects seen after receiving a flu shot, such as fever, fatigue and headaches. However, these side effects are minimal compared to the potential long term effects of being infected with the live virus. 

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