Fears of “viral shedding” and other concerns after thehave led some businesses to ban vaccinated customers, believing vaccination poses a health risk to others.
We’ve seen this in Australia, in the northern Newtown of Mullumbimby, and the Gold Coast in Queensland. We’ve also seen this internationally.
In the, a teacher warned her students not to hug their vaccinated parents for the same reason.
Butdon’t contain any live virus to shed. Here’s the science to put the myth of viral shedding after the to bed.
People can shed (or release) viruses after a viral infection, such as SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.
We can only infect someone if the virus is live. If people are infected, they can shedsecretions when they cough and sneeze. During the pandemic, we socially distance, , and stay home if sick.
Somefor other diseases contain live viruses that have been weakened (or attenuated). Examples are vaccines against measles, rubella, mumps, and herpes zoster (shingles).
These train your body to mount an immune response with a version of the virus that isn’t so dangerous.
For example, with the veryagainst herpes zoster (shingles), there is a minimal risk the weakened virus can cause infection. The majority of people infected this way had a weakened immune system. However, this in less than one percent out of over 20,000 people vaccinated over ten years.
COVID vaccines don’t contain the live virus to shed
However, none of thefor use anywhere worldwide use live viruses.
Instead, they use other technologies to train our bodies to recognize SARS-CoV-2 and to mount a protective immune response should we ever be exposed to it.
For instance, theis a viral vector vaccine. This uses a modified chimpanzee virus to carry the genetic instructions to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein into the body. Your body then uses these instructions to make the spike protein and to raise a protective immune response.
The Pfizervaccine containing genetic material to code for the spike protein. Once inside your cells, your body uses those instructions to make spike protein, raising a protective immune response.
COVID vaccines don’t give you the disease or a. Again, they don’t contain viruses. They have fragments of spike protein or instructions on how to make it.
Even if you could shed spike protein after vaccination, that wouldn’t be enough to cause an infection. It would help if you had the actual virus, which the vaccines don’t contain.
And the mRNA in theis short-lived and quickly degraded in our cells. Again, the mRNA wouldn’t be enough to cause an infection. It must be packaged inside a live virus, which our vaccines don’t contain.