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Can you still spread COVID-19 after being vaccinated?

As more people start to get their COVID-19 vaccines, the defense against the virus is growing in the community.

Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines are the only ones approved in the U.S. right now, and both have 95% efficacy, according to the developers.

But what are the vaccines 95% effective at doing? Do they stop you from getting sick? Do they prevent you from spreading the virus to others?


Do the approved COVID-19 vaccines prevent you from spreading the virus to others?


Right now, experts aren’t sure. There isn’t enough research on the matter, but studies are underway to find out.

“There’s still the potential to spread the virus,” said Dr. David Priest, an infectious disease specialist with Novant Health. “The science is out on the ability to spread the virus if you’ve been vaccinated.”

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