Yes, you can still get infected with Covid-19 after being vaccinated. Here's why
January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Millions of Americans will be administered the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the coming months. Over time, many who are vaccinated will still get infected with the novel coronavirus. But the vaccines have been shown to be 95% effective, so how can this happen?
Over time, many who are vaccinated will still get infected with the novel coronavirus.
It takes time for vaccines to build up immunity, and the two authorized coronavirus vaccines both require two doses, given several weeks apart, to train the body's immune system.
"That means it's possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick," the CDC says.
The CDC estimates that 40% of coronavirus infections don't cause symptoms, and the trials of both the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines looked only at whether the vaccines prevented symptomatic infections.
For now, the CDC recommends that people not assume they are completely immune to infection after having been vaccinated.
Overall, both vaccines provided about 95% protection in clinical trials -- which means 5% of people might still catch the virus even after two shots.
The current coronavirus vaccines cannot infect anyone with the virus.