Slowing the spread of COVID-19 doesn’t end with vaccine for individuals, experts caution

Community members asked to continue wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Health experts in our area are warning that it is still possible to spread or even get COVID-19 after getting a vaccine.

Immunity from the virus won’t kick-in for at least 12 days after getting it.

Like the flu vaccine, it isn’t a cure, only a prevention.

“We know when we get the influenza vaccine, that there is still a chance influenza and even transmit it. But that likelihood, it’s lower. So some people might, some people might not. Even like, you might get sick with influenza after getting the vaccine, but you’re not nearly going to get as sick and you’ll recover faster with the vaccine than if you didn’t get the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine is

right now showing it’ll be just like that,” said Gundersen Health System infection preventionist Megan Meller.

Experts advise people who get vaccinated to continue wearing a mask, washing their hands, and maintaining proper physical distancing.