Expert answers questions about immunity and the COVID-19 vaccine

WAFF COVID Questions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - You may see some social media posts circulating about people getting COVID-19 after getting the vaccine, or even people wondering how long the vaccine takes to make someone immune to the virus. Our crews took these common questions to the experts.

The number of cases keep going up worrying health experts, but Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said we are seeing some hope with the COVID-19 vaccine. On the other hand though, some people are wondering how someone who just got the vaccine is coming down with the virus.

“We do know that persons could be in the incubation period for COVID-19 when they receive their vaccine,” Dr. Landers said. “You have to remember we are in Phase 1A which is healthcare workers some of them in our highest risk.”

Dr. Landers also said if someone gets the virus a few days after the vaccine it isn’t from the shot, but at what point after the second dose of the vaccine is someone considered immune?

“We cannot expect full immunity until at least a couple of weeks after that second dose of vaccine,” Dr. Landers said.

During those few weeks this is when your body does the work.

“That is when the body is most likely to make those antibodies if you will to respond to if someone is exposed to COVID-19,” she said.

Dr. Landers wants to remind people that the vaccine is not 100% effective, and they still need to take extra precautions, even once they’re vaccinated.

“The effectiveness of the vaccine is reported to be about 95 percent overall, but some persons can have lower response such as someone who does not have as robust an immune system,” she said.

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