CDC Director: Fully Vaccinated People Do Not Carry Virus or Transmit COVID-19

“Our data from the CDC today suggest that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick and that it's not just in the clinical trials, it's in real world data,"


WASHINGTON, DC – The science around COVID-19 vaccinations has changed again. CDC Director Rachel Walensky said this week that once you’re fully vaccinated, science now suggests you cannot carry the COVID-19 virus, transmit or get sick.

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“Our data from the CDC today suggest that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, it’s in real world data,” Walensky said in an interview with Rachael Maddow.

Walensky referenced a CDC study which estimates the effectiveness of the vaccine. That study was published by the CDC on March 29th.

The study looked at healthcare professionals who had been vaccinated.

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“Prospective cohorts of health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers over 13 weeks in eight U.S. locations confirmed that authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2 and Moderna’s mRNA-1273) are highly effective in real-world conditions,” the study reads. “Vaccine effectiveness of full immunization with two doses of mRNA vaccines was 90% (95% CI = 68%–97%) against RT-PCR–confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection. These findings are consistent with those from the mRNA vaccines’ Phase III trials (1,2) and recent observational studies of the mRNA vaccine effectiveness against severe COVID-19 (3). “

The findings complement and expand upon these preceding reports by demonstrating that the vaccines can also reduce the risk for infection regardless of COVID-19–associated illness symptom status. Reducing the risk for transmissible infection, which can occur among persons with asymptomatic infection or among persons several days before symptoms onset, is especially important among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential and frontline workers given their potential to transmit the virus through frequent close contact with patients and the public.

These interim vaccine effectiveness findings for both Pfizer-BioNTech’s and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines in real-world conditions complement and expand upon the vaccine effectiveness estimates from other recent studies and demonstrate that current vaccination efforts are resulting in substantial preventive benefits among working-age adults. They reinforce CDC’s recommendation of full 2-dose immunization with mRNA vaccines. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all eligible persons, which currently varies by location in the United States.

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