Many people think that just because they received the COVID-19 vaccination, they can start lowering down their defenses and start to go back to the days before masks and social distancing. However, that is not the case whatsoever. Coronavirus vaccines are intended to protect people from getting sick from COVID. Despite that, we’ve been hearing stories about people who have received the vaccine but still contracted the Coronavirus. So, how did that happen? According to experts, it isn’t because the vaccine didn’t work.
The CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, detailed a few reasons why you could still get COVID even after getting vaccinated. The first reason mentioned by the CDC – it takes a few weeks for the immunity to develop. The vaccine doesn’t immediately give you COVID immunity. According to the CDC, it “typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.” So, if you were exposed to the virus just before or just after receiving your vaccine, you could still get sick with COVID. “This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection,” the CDC explains.
Another reason provided by the CDC is that the coronavirus vaccine is not 100 percent effective. According to the CDC, no vaccine is 100 percent effective. Both of the two U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved COVID vaccines are around 95 percent effective after two doses, but they are less effective if you have only gotten one dose so far, like the ER doctor and nurse who made the news. According to the FDA, the Moderna vaccine is 50.8 percent effective right after the first dose, and the Pfizer shot is 52.4 percent after the first dose.
It is important to note that the vaccination cannot give you COVID! Some people are skittish about getting the vaccine because they think it will make them sick with COVID. However, neither of the two coronavirus vaccines currently approved in the U.S. contain the live virus that causes COVID. Instead, both vaccines are messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines, which means once they are injected into your body, they teach cells to make proteins that trigger an immune response. So, please, whether you got vaccinated or not, follow the guidelines and take care of yourself. Stay safe and healthy.