Experts don’t want you to worry about the headlines that warn of COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated — it’s rare and entirely expected. But if you’re worried about getting COVID-19 even after receiving your vaccine, there are plenty of ways to stay safe.

Getting COVID-19 after vaccination

According to NPR, experts are fully aware that there are people getting COVID-19 after they receive the vaccination. That situation is called “vaccine breakthrough” — and it’s fully expected. The vaccines don’t promise 100% protection from COVID-19, so it’s more likely than not that someone would suffer from the disease after getting vaccinated.

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In fact, Dr. Francesca Torriani, an infectious disease researcher at the University of California San Diego, told NPR that the infected patients suffered from less severe COVID-19, too. So getting vaccinated can keep you from suffering severe illness.

What you can do

If you’re worried about getting COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, just remember you can stick to public health guidelines. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a White House press briefing that this will make the fully vaccinated extremely safe.

  • “I would encourage people to continue, once they’re vaccinated, to use all the prevention measures that we’ve been talking about when they’re outside their home, including masking and distancing and whatnot. And all of that should be active in the workplace.”
  • “Assuming you take those prevention measures in the office place and outside the home, I think you’re very safe in the home,” Walensky said.
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In fact, Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts, said there are certain activities he won’t participate in even though he’s been vaccinated, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • “I don’t think I would — even if I’m vaccinated — go into an indoor, crowded place where people are not wearing masks,” Fauci told Yahoo News.
  • “I don’t really see myself going on any fun trips for a while,” he said.