Like nearly every other vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccines aren't 100 percent effective in preventing infection. So even if you are fully vaccinated with one of the three available vaccines, you might still become infected. At Tuesday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressed the concept of breakthrough infections, discussing what will happen if you do, in fact, get infected with the virus after you are vaccinated. Read on to find out what she had to say about it—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Had COVID And Should Tell Your Doctor.
The CDC Is Concerned About COVID Mutations
"These vaccines were studied to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, or death," Dr. Walensky explained when asked about getting infected post-vaccination—especially now that people are taking off their masks. "And as we look at these breakthrough infections, those are the ones we're most concerned about."
She continued to explain that "we want to be able to study that and get a sample to understand whether there were variants involved." In other words, they believe that those who were infected post-vaccine and ended up seriously ill were infected with one of the mutations.
The Majority Will Probably Not Even Know They Are Infected
Walensky added that prior to only studying breakthrough infections in the hospitalized patients, they were studying all breakthrough infections. She pointed out that the majority of those with breakthrough infections weren't even symptomatic, and that there was so little virus that it was difficult to even sequence and study it. In other words, the majority of those who become infected with COVID-19 after being vaccinated do not end up with serious illness, and many will probably not even know they are infected.
So follow public health fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss: This Supplement Can Raise Your Cancer Risk, Experts Say.