If I have been told I am a contact (exposed to COVID-19), can I get priority access to the vaccine to stop me from getting sick with the disease?

Question: 

If I have been told I am a contact (exposed to COVID-19), can I get priority access to the vaccine to stop me from getting sick with the disease?

Answer: 

The COVID-19 vaccine increases your body’s immune response against the virus but it takes about 2 weeks to work. It does not treat or lessen your symptoms if you have been exposed to COVID and are about to get the disease. The vaccine would only provide protection after it starts to work. There is not an option to get early access to the vaccine if you have been exposed to COVID-19 disease.

Date last updated: 
Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021
Date last reviewed: 
Monday, Mar 08, 2021