Can You Still Get COVID-19 If You Are Vaccinated?
COVID-19Common questionCan you still get COVID-19 if you are vaccinated?Most people who get COVID-19 are unvaccinated. However, since vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing infection, some people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19. An infection of a fully vaccinated person is referred to as a “vaccine breakthrough infection.”
Doctors strongly recommend that patients get a booster. They say the fraction of people who might become infected with Covid-19 despite having received a booster can expect to have milder symptoms and a shorter illness. They are also much less likely to be hospitalized or die than people who aren't vaccinated.
Post-Booster Breakthrough Covid-19 Cases Are Happening, but Rarely
See full answerAfter you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, take these steps to protect yourself and others:• In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.• If you are in an area with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and when you are in close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.• If you have a condition or taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccin
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination
It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine
It is normal to feel sick after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccines May Make You Feel Sick