After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. Neither can any of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States.

If your body develops an immune response to vaccination, which is the goal, you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

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1. I don't have access to a computer, how can I schedule an appointment?
2. I’ve already had COVID-19. Can I still get the vaccine?
3. What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work?
4. I lost my vaccine card. What should I do?
5. Where can get answers about a third dose?
6. What are the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine?
7. How long will it take for the vaccine to begin protecting me?
8. Can I receive a different booster vaccine than my primary vaccine series?
9. Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
10. Why can’t children under 12 receive the vaccine?
11. Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?
12. Will the vaccine prevent me from getting COVID?
13. How many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do I need to get?
14. What if I miss the second dose of the vaccine?
15. Will I need to receive the vaccine annually?
16. Do I still need to wear a mask after getting the vaccine?
17. I have a preference on which vaccine I receive. Can I submit my vaccine preference to the Health Department?
18. After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?