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Dr. Fauci Just Said Whether You Can Get Sick After Your Vaccine

The vaccines aren’t perfect, says Dr. Fauci, but they’re darn good.
FACT CHECKED BY Alek Korab
Doctor Anthony Fauci

Every day Americans are lining up to get one of the three COVID-19 currently approved for use by the FDA. While each of three vary slightly in efficacy, for the most part they are incredibly effective in preventing severe COVID-19 infection—but they aren't perfect. During Friday's White House COVID-19 Response Team Briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discussed whether or not you can still get sick with COVID post-vaccination. Read on to hear what he had to say—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus

When asked about "breakthrough cases of people who've been vaccinated and ultimately have gotten infection," Dr. Fauci confirmed that this is "obviously this is something that we take seriously and follow closely." 

"You will see breakthrough infections in any vaccination when you're vaccinating, literally tens and tens and tens of millions of people," he pointed out. "So in some respects, that's not surprising." 

However, he is more interested in why these people are still getting infected. In other words, is it because of the more highly infectious variants quickly becoming dominant across the country. "One of the important things that will be done and must be done is to sequence the genome of the virus that's the breakthrough virus, because it would be very important to see if they broke through with the wild type virus, which would indicate a real diminution of immunity, or whether it broke through with one of the variants, which would be much more explainable if you don't have enough cross-reactivity," he said. "So all of that information will be collected and will be very informative to us about what the type and the frequency of breakthrough that we'll be seeing." 

So follow Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.