VACCINE Q&A: Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Health experts insist you cannot contract COVID-19 from the COVID-19 vaccine.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website says that’s because the vaccines do not contain live, attenuated or inactivated vaccines. Instead, they contain the gene for a virus protein only.
DHEC’s website lists COVID-19 vaccine components that include:
- Active Ingredient nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (modRNA) encoding the viral spike protein of SARS-CoV-2
Four lipids (including polyethylene glycol or PEG)
- PEG is used in laxatives and in bowel preparation used before colonoscopy and is the most likely component to cause symptoms or allergic reaction
- Four salts (including NaCl) which act as a pH buffer
- Sugar (sucrose)
The current COVID-19 vaccine does not contain thimerosal, mercury, antibiotics, or preservatives.
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