Aren't lots of people getting COVID-19 even after they are vaccinated?
No. Actually the percentage of breakthrough cases in Three Rivers District averages .3% of those fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Nationwide, less than .01% of those fully vaccinated have had a breakthrough case that led to hospitalization and less than .001% of those fully vaccinated have had a breakthrough case resulting in death.
The vaccine is very effective at preventing severe illness and death as well as overall infection.
Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Both mRNA and viral vector COVID-19 vaccine deliver instructions (genetic material) to our cells to start building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the material never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is stored.
Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.
If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus.
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Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms such as a fever. These symptoms are normal and are signs that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I would like to have a baby one day?
Yes. If you are trying to become pregnant now or want to get pregnant in the future, you may get a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available to you.
There is currently no evidence that COVID-19 vaccination causes any problems with pregnancy, including the development of the placenta. In addition, there is no evidence that female or male fertility problems are a side effect of any vaccine, including COVID-19 vaccines.