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Debunking Vaccine Myths

Published September 1, 2021

Myth: Getting a vaccine will cause me to test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test.

Fact: Viral tests are used to determine if someone has a current COVID-19 infection, and a vaccine will not affect those test results, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you develop an immune response to the vaccination – which is the goal – it’s possible that an antibody test could be positive. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you could have some protection against COVID-19.