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COVID-19: I am fully vaccinated, what’s next?

Our World in Data reports as of October 2021 that 47.8% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The available COVID-19 vaccines are currently authorized and recommended. They are safe and effective and reduce the risk of getting sick, including severe illness and death.

Most people who get COVID-19 are not vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent infection with Delta or other variants.

Studies show that vaccinated people are 8 times less likely to become infected and 25 times less likely to suffer hospitalization or death.

People who have had the recommended number of series of vaccines are fully vaccinated after two weeks of the shot. For example, 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, are fully vaccinated. If you do not meet those requirements, it means that you are not fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that people, who have received two doses of the vaccines, should restart all the activities they stopped doing because of the pandemic.

What can you do if you are fully vaccinated?

  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

  • Wear a mask indoors in public places if you are in a high-risk area to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others.

  • CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

  • If you have a weakened immune system, you should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people.

  • If a member of your household has a weakened immune system or is unvaccinated, you can wear a mask.

  • If you travel by plane, bus, or train, you should wear a mask over your nose and mouth.

  • If you plan to travel to another country, pay close attention to the situation at your destination before traveling.

  • You should keep attention to COVID-19 symptoms, especially if you have been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms, get tested, and stay home, and be away from others.

  • The CDC recommends that if you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. ”They also suggest“ wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.”

  • Follow the guidance of your workplace and your community.

  • Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, as of October 13th, 2021, there have been 4,859,277 deaths related to COVID-19. What can we do to change these numbers? Only if enough of us get vaccinated will this pandemic end.

Protect yourself and those around you, how? WHO recommends:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as it’s your turn and follow local guidance on vaccination.

  • Keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others, even if they don’t appear to be sick. Avoid crowds and close contact.

  • Wear a properly fitted mask when physical distancing is not possible and in poorly ventilated settings.

  • Clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues immediately and clean hands regularly.

  • If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, self-isolate until you recover.

COVID-19 vaccines have generated many myths and rumors. Accurate information about vaccines is essential. With so much information on the Internet, it is difficult to know which sources of information can be trusted. Before considering vaccine information, verify that the information comes from a reliable and up-to-date source.


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