Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

Question: 

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

Answer: 

The COVID-19 vaccines cannot give you COVID-19. However, it takes about 2 weeks for your body to gain protection from the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that if you come in contact with and get COVID-19 before getting the vaccine, or within the 2 week period following the vaccine (when your body hasn't yet developed immunity), you may still get sick from COVID-19. So if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 after you’ve been vaccinated, use the BC self-assessment tool to determine if you need to be tested.

 


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Date last reviewed: 
Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021