Several countries across the world have developed COVID-19 vaccines that have been found to be effective against COVID after extensive human trials. The vaccination drive has started in many nations including India.
A lot of hopes are pinned on the COVID-19 vaccine. We have all suffered setbacks and with the rolling out of the vaccination program, we are all feeling optimistic about the future.
But recent COVID vaccine news has struck fear in everyone’s hearts. First came the COVID vaccine updates regarding people who went into cardiac arrest a day or two after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Then came the news that it is possible for you to get infected even after you are administered the COVID-19 vaccine. Is it a fact or hearsay? Let’s find out.
Is COVID infection possible despite getting vaccinated?
The whole point of getting the COVID-19 vaccine is to make ourselves immune to the coronavirus infection. So when reports began to emerge that some people are contracting COVID even though they got the COVID-19 vaccine, scientists began to look into the issue. And soon afterward, they got to the bottom of the mystery.
After the COVID-19 vaccine is administered, your body takes time to develop the necessary antibodies. It could take anything between a few days to a few weeks for the antibodies to be created. This is because the vaccine introduces only a very tiny population of the virus into your body. Your body needs time to detect the virus and ramp up its defense.
So during the time it takes for your immune system to prepare an army of antibodies, you are actually vulnerable. If you came in contact with the coronavirus while your body is still in the process of producing antibodies, you will get infected.
There could be another reason why you might test positive for COVID-19 even after vaccination. If you had been exposed to coronavirus sometime before you got the vaccine, the symptoms would show up soon after. It would seem like you have contracted COVID after getting vaccinated, but the fact is, you were infected before you were administered the vaccine.
What should you do to avoid COVID infection before and after vaccination?
Since scientists believe that the risk of catching COVID in the few days after getting the COVID-19 vaccine exists, it is imperative that you continue with all COVID precautions. Don’t stop wearing masks, sanitizing your hands, or maintaining social distancing just because you got vaccinated.
Before you get vaccinated, if you think that you might have been exposed to COVID, it would be wise to get tested. If the test comes back positive, then consult your doctor about how to proceed.
Can people who tested positive even after getting the COVID-19 vaccine to communicate the infection to others?
The answer according to most scientists is yes. In the time frame between when you get vaccinated and when your body builds a strong defence, you are still at risk of getting the infection. And if you do, you will definitely pass the infection on to others around you.
Besides, scientists also feel that it is possible for vaccinated people to be carriers of COVID. The virus won’t affect them, but they could transmit the virus to others.
So the fact of the matter is that you simply have to continue following the COVID protocol. Get the COVID-19 vaccine when the time comes because it can save your life and those of your loved ones. We have to accept that masks and sanitizers are integral to our safety and will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.