Are there safety concerns if you get the COVID-19 vaccine while you still have COVID-19? What if you have COVID-19 but don’t show any symptoms so don’t know?

Question: 

Are there safety concerns if you get the COVID-19 vaccine while you still have COVID-19? What if you have COVID-19 but don’t show any symptoms so don’t know?

Answer: 

If you know you have COVID-19,  you should wait until you have recovered from the acute illness and public health has told you that you no longer need to isolate. This is not because of a safety concern with the vaccine, but instead so that you do not expose people at the vaccination clinic to the virus. Tell your immunization provider if you have had COVID-19.

There are no additional safety concerns if you get the COVID-19 vaccine while carrying the virus (e.g., you don’t feel sick or have any symptoms on the day you get the vaccine). The vaccine will still work but it will not cure the illness that you have. It takes the vaccine about 2 weeks to start providing protection against getting COVID.

In general, if you have a new illness preventing you from performing your regular activities, you should wait to get immunized until you have recovered. This is not a safety concern; it is to help to distinguish the worsening of your illness from any potential side effects of the vaccine.

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Jul 21, 2021