Is it true? Can COVID-19 vaccines give you COVID-19?

None of the approved vaccines in Australia contain the live virus. This means they cannot give you COVID-19. Find out more below.

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Can COVID-19 vaccines give you COVID-19?

None of the approved vaccines in Australia contain the live virus. This means they cannot give you COVID-19.

Some of the side effects from COVID-19 vaccinations, such as fever and fatigue can mimic the symptoms of COVID-19.  These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building protection against the virus that causes COVID-19.

For specific advice about side effects from different doses of vaccines, ask your doctor or health care professional.

See your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible or go directly to a hospital if:

  • you have a reaction that you consider severe or unexpected
  • you are concerned about your condition after vaccination.
  • People should seek medical attention immediately if they experience any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • swelling in your leg
  • persistent abdominal (belly) pain
  • neurological symptoms, including severe and persistent headaches or blurred vision
  • tiny blood spots under the skin beyond the site of injection.

It usually takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after full vaccination.

That means it’s possible a person could be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick.

It is important to see your health professional if you think this may be the case.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

With new COVID-19 vaccine developments every day, it’s normal to have questions or concerns, and possibly feel hesitant about getting a vaccine. That's why we're providing accurate, evidence-based answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

Last updated: 
23 April 2021

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