SIU Med School Doctor Says COVID-19 Vaccine Doesn't Transmit the Virus

Dec 14, 2020

The Illinois Vaccine Advisory Work Group has unanimously signed off on Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine that starting arriving in the state on Monday.

Work group member Dr. Michael Olson of SIU School of Medicine says he and others are working to put together a Frequently Asked Questions section to be posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.

"It will have information about  what you can expect when you get the vaccination. Typically, the side effects were mild for redness in the arm and that your other side effects that were more systemic involved fatigue and headache. Those are most common in the younger subset of the population that was vaccinated."

Olson says COVID cannot be transmitted through the vaccination.

"This vaccine only provides a very small subset -- or a small piece of one protein -- or just a part of the virus. So, as your body responds to it there is no way for a new virus to form. There's no way for that to be passed on."

Olson says experts don't know how long the vaccination will last.