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Can I catch COVID-19 from the vaccine?

You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccine. But it is possible to catch COVID-19 and not realise you have the symptoms until after your vaccination. The most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

If you have any of these symptoms, stay at home and arrange to have a test by phoning 119 (calls are free). Some health boards are offering tests for a wider range of symptoms, so please check your local health board website for any additional symptoms that would make you eligible for a test in your area. If you need more information on symptoms visit: