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Can you still spread COVID-19 after getting the vaccine?

Is it possible to spread the coronavirus after receiving your first- or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

The short answer is ‘yes’. But experts say the risk is relatively low.

They say that the vaccine is highly effective at preventing serious sickness from COVID-19. That said, you could still be infected without showing symptoms, and thereby spread it.


“A vaccinated person controls the virus better, so the chances of transmitting will be greatly reduced,” Dr. Robert Gallo, a virus expert at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, explained to the Associated Press.

Why? Well, those who have received the vaccine have less of the virus in their nose- which means its harder for the virus to be transmitted. So, while the answer is ‘yes’ people can still spread the virus even if they receive the vaccine- it’s also true that it becomes more difficult to spread it.

At the end of the day caution is urged across the board.



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