You may still get COVID-19. No vaccine is 100% effective.

  • You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine.
  • You might have caught COVID-19 before being vaccinated.
  • You might catch it within the first few weeks after being vaccinated when your immune system is still being trained up to fight COVID-19.

Even if you do get COVID-19, you are very unlikely to become severely ill or die from COVID-19.

After vaccination, don’t confuse side effects with COVID symptoms!

If your fever lasts more than 2 days or you develop a cough, sore throat, or changes in your taste or smell, you may have COVID-19.

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Isolate yourself and arrange to get a COVID test. The test is still reliable even if you have had the vaccine.

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Contact your healthcare worker or call the Western Cape Government Call Centre 0860 142 142.

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