My Patients Ask: Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Several different types of vaccines are currently in development. All of them teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19.

Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as body aches, headache, and fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination.

Thus, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

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1 Response to My Patients Ask: Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

  1. Helen Fleischmann says:

    Thank you Dr. Walt,
    When I have any questions or concerns, I always check with my Dr. office. I do not discuss any concerns with other people. I trust what our Dr. has to say on it.
    There are way to many opinions out there that are not always correct.

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