Anyone who gets COVID-19 can become seriously ill or have long-term effects, or may result in death. Covid-19 vaccines are the best solution to protect yourself and others. They are effective at protecting you from COVID-19 disease, especially severe illness and death. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can do most of the things that they had stopped doing due to the pandemic. But before going back to your normal lifestyle, there are a few main things you should know.
Firstly, you should know whether you are fully vaccinated.
Have You Been Fully Vaccinated?
In general, one completes the vaccination process:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Therefore, keep taking all precautions until you get fully vaccinated.
Furthermore, if you have a condition or are taking medicines that make weak your immunity system, you may NOT be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Therefore, you should continue to take all the precautions recommended for unvaccinated people.
Secondly, you should know about COVID-19 vaccines.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines?
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness and death.
- They reduce the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Generally, it takes 2 weeks after vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19.
- You may get side effects such as a sore arm from the injection, tiredness, headache after vaccination. These are normal and should go away within 2/3 days.
Finally, you should know that there are things that we still learn. Still, researches are going on and COVID-19 vaccines are still being studied.
What Are We Still Learning About COVID-19 Vaccines?
- How long COVID-19 vaccines can protect people
- How well the vaccines protect people with weakened immune systems, including people who take medicines that suppress the immune system
- How effective the vaccines are against new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19
As COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines are still studying it is essential to follow the guidelines even if your vaccination process is complete. Moreover, no vaccine prevents illness 100% of the time. For any vaccine, there are breakthrough cases.
Even if you have been fully vaccinated:
- To reduce the risk of getting new variants and possibly spreading it to others, you will still need to follow the guidelines at your workplace and other public places.
- If you travel, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others.
- Wear a mask over your nose and mouth in public places.
- If you are a close contact, you should do a test 3-5 days after exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure.
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