It’s important for people to remember the process of building immunity takes time, Dr. Epperson says. That means you could be infected with COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination. If that happens, the vaccine did not give you the virus. Rather, you contracted the virus before your body had a chance to build sufficient immunity.
“We’re strongly encouraging people to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them,” Dr. Epperson says. “By receiving the vaccine, you can help protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19 and help our community, state and nation recover from the pandemic.”