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I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19?

Some people can still get sick after getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Dragana991/iStock via Getty Images Plus

I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19?

Some people can still get sick after getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Dragana991/iStock via Getty Images Plus

I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19?

Some people can still get sick after getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Dragana991/iStock via Getty Images Plus

I’m fully vaccinated but feel sick – should I get tested for COVID-19?

Some people can still get sick after getting vaccinated for COVID-19. Dragana991/iStock via Getty Images Plus

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested for COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated.

Arif R. Sarwari, West Virginia University

Imagine last night you developed a little runny nose and a sore throat. When you woke up this morning you started coughing and had a fever. In the past year, your mind would have immediately jumped to COVID-19. But if you are already fully vaccinated, you might wonder: Should I still get tested for COVID-19?

As an infectious disease physician, I am often asked this question. The answer is yes. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested for COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated. You won’t be at high risk for hospitalization or severe disease, but if you are infected you may pass the virus to an unvaccinated person, who could then get very sick.

A man wearing a mask getting his COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Vaccination prevents more than 90% of severe COVID-19 cases, but researchers think that only 70%-85% of vaccinated people are completely protected from any infection. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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