“Even vaccinated people can spread Corona”

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On Sunday COVID 19 vaccinations kicked off at 9 am. The first people to receive the vaccine were three women and two men aged between 80 and 93. They had volunteered to be volunteers and received the first of two partial vaccinations.

The vaccinations were administered by Univ. Prof. Dr. Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt, chairwoman of the national vaccination committee and professor of vaccinology at the Medical University of Vienna. Even though the first people have already been vaccinated, many questions remain unanswered for some: How safe are the vaccinations? Are vaccinated people still infectious? Wiedermann-Schmidt addressed these and similar questions in the “ZiB2” interview with Martin Thür.

Wiedermann-Schmidt explained what vaccination against the coronavirus means in concrete terms. Full vaccination protection protects vaccinated persons from a severe course of a possible corona disease. However, vaccination does not generally protect against infection. Accordingly, vaccinated persons might not become (severely) ill themselves, but nevertheless carry the virus in the body at least for a short time and pass it on.

The professor also explained that all persons living in a household should therefore be vaccinated in order to achieve the best possible effect and to keep the risk of infection as low as possible if, for example, the vaccinated “granny comes to visit”.

The professor also noted that people who have already contracted Corona should not be excluded from the vaccination campaign. They should also be vaccinated to be on the safe side. It is not known how long people who have already contracted the disease will remain immune.

It is not yet clear how much the vaccination protects against further spread. An answer to this question can probably only be given in the coming months, the professor said. In concrete terms, this means that people can pass on Corona even after vaccination. For this reason, vaccinated health personnel in particular should continue to wear masks in the future, so as not to infect and endanger people in risk groups.

Source: orf, “Zeit im Bild 2” interview with Univ. Prof. Dr. Ursula Wiedermann-Schmidt, chairwoman of the national vaccination committee and professor of vaccinology at the Medical University of Vienna.

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