Can a vaccinated person still get infected with COVID? That’s a question more and more Americans are asking as they get their COVID vaccine and wonder if the shots are really that effective.
There are a few key things to know about the COVID-19 vaccines. They are designed to keep you from getting sick with COVID. Even if you are vaccinated, you could still become exposed to the virus. After the exposure, you might be infected or carry the virus, but you probably won’t feel sick or have symptoms.
This is called asymptomatic infection. Some may potentially feel a little ill but the vaccine will prevent serious illness or death. Of course the new strains of COVID are a concern too. Will your vaccine shot work with them?
As it stands now, the current vaccines appear to be effective in preventing serious illness with these new strains. Still, the vaccine manufacturers are racing to update their shots so they can better protect against the new strains.
One more question: Can a vaccinated person transmit the virus? Yes, it IS possible. Because a vaccinated person can still become infected, though feel no symptoms, they can also unknowingly pass on that infection to someone who hasn’t been vaccinated and is at risk for serious illness.
That’s why the CDC recommends that you continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing to help everyone stay healthy.