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Can you get COVID after receiving one, or two doses of the vaccine?

If you received a COVID-19 vaccine- can you still catch the virus?

That has been a common qustion over the last several weeks. Especially as vaccine eligibility ticked upward.

RochesterFirst.com posed this question to Rochester Regional Health Dr. Emil Lesho, who is an infectious disease specialist.


He says that even though vaccines offer protection- there’s a chance a person could contract the virus after receiving the shots.

“The studies did not find 100% effectiveness or efficaciousness, they found 95% or 90 %, some vaccines a little less. So even if you have 95% that still means out of 100 people, five people could still get an infection after successfully getting the two shot series,” Dr. Lesho told RochesterFirst.com.

To that end, it takes two to four weeks for a person to become fully-protected from the virus after the second shot. He said it’s not unheard of for a fully-vaccinated person to contract COVID-19. It’s also worth remembering that from the start, public health officials have stated that the vaccine will protect people from serious encounters with the virus- more than protecting a person from contracting it at all.



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