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Experts and health officials have said that it is impossible for COVID-19 vaccines to shed viral particles.
In order to become vaccinated, you have to get the vaccine.
While new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that half of U.S. adults are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, one widely shared social media post suggests that those who are not vaccinated don’t actually have to get the shot to become immune.
"They don’t want you to wear a mask now because those who are vaccinated will ‘shed’ the viral particles all over you," reads a May 25 Instagram post. "... Pfizer even said during trials not to be around pregnant women because they could miscarriage simply by ‘shedding’ from someone who was vacs-inated. You will become ‘vaccinated’ regardless of whether or not you received the shot."
As evidence, the post also cites "Pfizer vaccine warnings page 67."
The claim is wrong. The only way a person can become vaccinated is to receive the vaccine.
An Instagram post claims that "you can be 'vaccinated' regardless of whether you receive the shot or not."
That’s wrong. The only way to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is to receive a vaccine. It is biologically impossible for COVID-19 vaccines to result in virus shedding that will expose others to the virus, let alone in a way that would give unvaccinated people immunity.
We rate this claim False.
Instagram post, May 26, 2021
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