COVID Tests After Vaccines: Everything You Need to Know

As the number of fully vaccinated individuals continues to increase nationwide, many are wondering if COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated individuals is still needed. This resource provides a comprehensive overview of the necessity of a COVID-19 testing after vaccination and answers common questions, such as:

  • Do I need to take a COVID-19 test after getting my vaccine?
  • Has anyone gotten COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine?
  • Where can I get tested for COVID-19 near me?

COVID-19 Infections After Getting the Vaccine

Has anyone gotten COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine? The answer is yes. Getting COVID-19 after receiving your vaccine is called a breakthrough infection. According to the CDC, breakthrough infections are possible due to the fact that no vaccine (including any COVID-19 vaccine) is 100% effective.

Up until May 1st, 2021, the CDC monitored breakthrough infections and made the data available to the public. Click here to see breakthrough infection data from January 1st, 2021 to April 30, 2021. As of April 30th, 2021, just over 10,000 breakthrough infections were reported to the CDC out of approximately 101 million fully vaccinated individuals. Overall, getting COVID-19 after getting the vaccine is possible, but less likely.

When You Might Need to Take a COVID-19 Test After Vaccine

Taking a COVID-19 test after you receive the vaccine is still required for some forms of travel. 

  • Click here to view the CDC guidelines for domestic travel.
  • Click here to view CDC guidelines for international travel.

Some countries may require a negative COVID-19 test before departure or upon arrival regardless of vaccination status. Click here to view CDC COVID-19 data by country. 

Additionally, it is recommended to call your airline and verify COVID-19 testing requirements well in advance of your departure.

If you are fully vaccinated and do not plan on traveling, the CDC states that you likely do not need to take a COVID-19 test unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. However, since the CDC provides recommendations only, certain businesses, organizations, and institutions may still require testing regardless of vaccination status. 

Understanding COVID-19 Testing After Vaccines

According to the CDC, if you take an antibody test, it is possible to test positive for COVID-19 after getting the vaccine because antibody tests look for signs of past infections. Click here to learn more about the science behind antibody tests.

Instead of taking an antibody test, the CDC recommends you take a viral test to determine if you have COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Unlike antibody tests, which look for signs of past infections, viral tests look for evidence of a current infection.

Click here for more information on COVID-19 testing.

“Where Can I Find COVID-19 Testing Near Me?”

Click here to find where to get a COVID-19 test near you. Be sure to verify the COVID-19 testing facility of your choosing performs viral tests instead of antibody tests if you want to test for a current infection. 

Alternatively, you may view your state’s health department website to find where to get tested for COVID-19 near you.

If you wish to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, click here to search for vaccination centers near you.

Curative Inc. and its subsidiary, Curative Management Services LLC, engage with medical entities that provide vaccination services.

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