Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No, you can’t get infected with COVID-19 from a vaccine. The vaccines currently available in the U.S. don’t contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. If you develop flu-like symptoms — such as fever, chills, headache, or fatigue — after getting vaccinated, these may be normal side effects that tell you that your body is responding to the vaccine and building up its defenses. You could also become sick if you were infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after getting the vaccine, because it typically takes your body a few weeks after vaccination to develop immunity.
Other questions related to Coronavirus and COVID-19
- How can I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
- How many times will I need to be vaccinated?
- How will vaccines be distributed? Just hospitals and maybe CVS/Walgreens/pharmacies because of the cold temperature requirement?
- What about pregnant women? Should they get vaccinated?
- What does the vaccine actually mean for changes for daily life? Still wear a mask and keep distance?
- Can children get the vaccine or just adults at this time?
- Can people who are vaccinated still spread COVID-19 to others? For example, is there a chance they "carry" the infection but wouldn't know?
- Can things go back to normal for me once I get the vaccine?
- How does the vaccine affect people with allergies?
- How dangerous is COVID-19?