So you’ve received the covid-19 vaccine. That means you’re ready to toss the masks in the trash and start hugging your loved ones again…right? Actually, it’s not that simple. In fact, many questions about life after receiving the covid vaccine are still up in the air. Here’s what we know so far.
Answers Are Speculative at Best
Can I stop wearing a mask in public? Can I finally visit with my elderly loved ones again? Can I hug people? Can I still pass on the virus to others? All of these are valid, common questions among those who have received their first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Unfortunately, the answer from healthcare experts regarding these questions is “I don’t know.” There simply isn’t enough data and passed time to confidently answer most questions regarding the vaccines.
Better Safe Than Sorry
Since we don’t have any definitive answers about life after the vaccine, the best thing to do is to continue practicing safety guidelines like wearing masks in public especially around those who have not been vaccinated. Washing your hands often and practicing social distancing is also important. Experts say these guidelines should be followed until herd immunity is achieved and enough time and data are available to determine what’s next.
What We Know So Far
Though we continue to have far more questions than answers about life after vaccination, we do know a few facts that can help. Ninety-five percent of vaccinated people are protected from getting the virus. One hundred percent of those vaccinated are completely protected from severe illness two weeks after the second vaccine dose. While it’s possible to get covid-19 even if you’ve had the vaccine, much like the flu vaccine you likely won’t experience serious symptoms.
It is unclear if vaccinated individuals can pass on the virus to others. Therefore, close contact with others including hugs and handshakes remains cautionable. However, a hug between two masked, full vaccinated people is probably safe.
Good News for Immunocompromised People
Immunocompromised people who have avoided contact with others for the last year can finally go out in public again…as long as they are fully vaccinated and masked up. Though these individuals should practice social distancing in public, they no longer need to stay home to be protected.
As you can see, life hasn’t returned to normal yet. If we want to see routine life return sooner rather than later, it’s best to continue following the health and safety guidelines already in place to protect us from the coronavirus. Keep wearing your masks, washing your hands often, and social distancing until experts are confident we’re ready to move on. If you develop symptoms, even after immunization, get tested as soon as possible to help stop the spread of the virus.
Need a covid-19 test? Rapid result testing is available daily at EliteCare. To get tested, simply drop by our clinic anytime between 8 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday, from 8 am – 3 pm on Saturdays, or on from 1 pm until 5 pm on Sundays.