VACCINE Q&A: Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's website says the COVID-19...
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's website says the COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live, attenuated or inactivated vaccines.(Live 5)
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 2:38 PM EST
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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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