Coronavirus Last updated on 2021-05-17 12:47:51
Can You Test Positive After Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine?
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 2 Min Read
- Fact Checked
In recent news, it has been reported that some individuals who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine, have tested positive. It is important to remember though, experts have said that this does not mean that the vaccine is ineffective.
Can you test positive for COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?
As per experts in the medical field, this could be a possibility because vaccines don't have an immediate effect. An individual's body takes time to develop immunity to the dose it received. Hence, there are two doses for vaccines, to ensure efficacy.
Furthermore, it should also be kept in mind if an individual is already COVID-19 positive, and received the vaccine without knowing this, the infection will continue to develop after the vaccine has been administered.
The vaccine isn't a "magic bullet" and while they can result in milder symptoms if one does get an infection, it does not prevent the infection.
The efficacy rates of the vaccine will take time to continue to show promise, but it is important to continue to follow COVID-19 safety precautions even after you are vaccinated.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, monitor your SPo2 levels and make an online appointment with a physician. They will help you understand if you have to be hospitalized or if you can recover with at home care. Not all COVID-19 positive patients are required to be hospitalized, home care is advised for some based on the severity of their infection and symptoms. 85-90% of infected people will recover at home while following proper medical care advised by a professional.
If you’ve received the vaccine, continue to follow safety measures such as social distancing, using hand sanitizer, and wearing appropriate masks. These precautions help limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and important recommended rules such as these can help flatten the curve.
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