FACT FINDERS: Should vaccinated people get tested regularly?

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:48 PM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Since vaccinated people can still have breakthrough cases of COVID-19, but are often asymptomatic, should they be tested regularly?

For those who are fully vaccinated and are showing no symptoms, the CDC says, regular testing is not necessary. However, there are instances where vaccinated people should get tested.

The CDC recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms and is fully vaccinated get tested.

It also recommends that anyone who comes in close contact with someone either suspected or confirmed to have COVID should be tested. In that case, the guidance is to get the test three to five days after exposure but also wear a mask inside for two weeks or until a negative test result comes back.

Dr. Sean Elliott with Tucson Medical Center explains one reason why the CDC does not recommend getting a screening test outside of these cases.

”For example I could say, ‘Hey I got vaccinated last summer as part of the Moderna trial, let me get myself screened right now today. Oh, it’s negative? Oh, I’m great, fantastic.’ But guess what? I could walk into a face of COVID tonight and be just as infected and infectious tomorrow and in a week as if I hadn’t had the test at all,” said Elliott.

The CDC says, for those who are are fully vaccinated and test positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it is best to isolate.

Click here for more information on this guidance.

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