The CDC has released Covid vaccine guidelines for those individuals being vaccinated for the coronavirus. There’s a mix of advice when it comes to what you should and shouldn’t do. As well as what to expect.
The new CDC vaccine rules apply only once you are fully vaccinated, which is two weeks after your last dose. That’s the second dose for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or the first for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine.
Indoor Gatherings After Receiving the Covid Vaccine
Indoor gatherings are no longer completely restricted, but you should still be careful with regular precautions and hygiene habits.
Maskless, face-to-face get togethers are okay if everyone at the indoor gathering has been fully vaccinated or is otherwise in low-risk categories. The CDC stresses that vaccinated individuals should only go maskless around vaccinated or healthy people and recommends that fully vaccinated people only meet with members of one unvaccinated household at a time. This is mostly because, as they admit, there is still more that they don’t know about Covid than what they do know.
Going in Public After the Covid Vaccine
Basically, nothing changes in public. You still need to wear a mask, social distance, and avoid crowds. Even if you’ve been vaccinated, there is a chance of catching the virus — especially with the new variants spreading. This is especially true if you are high risk or live with a high risk adult (70+, overweight, or respiratory issues).
Covid is Still Here
You might be vaccinated, but you can still get sick. So keep an eye out for symptoms, especially if you’ve been around someone who has Covid-19. If you have symptoms, get tested right away and isolate until given the all-clear by a local doctor.
You also can’t ignore the rules set out by stores, restaurants or your workplace. A great many people still haven’t been vaccinated, and businesses are able to set their own safety standards apart from state and local governments.
Covid is Still an Unknown
Three main questions still haven’t been answered regarding the Covid vaccines. Whether vaccines stop people from spreading the virus, how well the vaccines work against new variants, and how long immunity lasts. All three make it too dangerous for people with high-risk factors to risk exposure.
The virus is still evolving and public health officials are still learning, so none of these guidelines are set in stone. In fact, they’re likely to change as more answers emerge.
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