VACCINE Q&A: Can a fully vaccinated person carry & spread COVID-19?

Published: May. 11, 2021 at 11:14 AM CDT|Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 5:24 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The NBC15 Vaccine Team is answering your questions about fully vaccinated people and if they are able to carry and spread COVID-19. You can find a full list of NBC15 Vaccine Team Q&A’s HERE.

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Has it been determined if a fully vaccinated person can carry and/or spread the virus to others?


ANSWER: Still to be determined.

Dr. Jeff Pothof, Chief Quality Officer with UW Health, said this is something we still don’t have a conclusive answer on. However, he said as time goes on, health professionals are learning more about if the virus can grow inside a vaccinated person and, if it can, if it grows to significant quantities and becomes contagious.

Dr. Pothof said in Israel, where a lot of the population is vaccinated, there are promising studies that transmission of COVID-19 from vaccinated people is much less than an unvaccinated person.

“Whether you completely eliminate the ability to transmit the disease, still a bit undetermined but I would say it’s looking more optimistic than say a month or two ago when we really didn’t have any idea to what level vaccinated people could transmit,” said Dr. Pothof.

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