Can You Spread COVID-19 Even If You're Vaccinated?

Vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus are in full swing and the number of residents who have received their newly completed vaccination cards is growing. Just recently, U.S. News and World Report announced that 15 percent of the population in America is now fully vaccinated. And President Biden has pledged to have enough vaccines for every adult in the country by the first of May, 2021. "I know it's ambitious — twice our original goal — but no other country in the world has even come close, not even close, to what we're doing," claims President Biden.

The president's positivity appears to be infectious, and many carry the optimistic belief that we could be done with the worst of this on-going deadly pandemic. But before the masks disappear for good and we're back to embracing our loved ones without worry, it is important to find out if you can you still spread the COVID-19 virus even after vaccination.

More research is needed, but current data is encouraging

Unfortunately, fully vaccinated individuals still possess the ability to spread the transmission of the virus to others around them, states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since vaccinated people are still able to get COVID-19, then there is still a risk they can spread it to others.

Though the vaccine has shown its effectiveness against contacting the virus, there is a lack of research to support how likely vaccinated individuals are to spread COVID-19 if they become infected. An agency spokesman for the CDC tells People, "It's possible that some people who are fully vaccinated could get COVID-19. The evidence isn't clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence."

There is still reason to be hopeful as the vaccine rollout continues, though. The vaccines have proven to reduce the risk of getting COVID-19. And with fewer people likely to catch the virus, the infection rates are likely to slow down as well. More answers will come with time. And until then, we are optimistic that embracing our loved ones without worry will become a possibility in the not-so-distant future.