Fully Vaccinated People

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting sick. People who have been fully vaccinated can now start doing things that they had stopped because of the pandemic. Based on the available information, CDC has now provided the ‘Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People’. Still, as we all are still learning to deal with the virus and its cure, the CDC says taking precautions even if you are fully vaccinated.

However, everyone has taken precautions, but people who are fully vaccinated are at greater relief than people who are not yet vaccinated while talking about taking precautions. 

Fully Vaccinated Meaning

The following parameters make a person fully vaccinated:-

  • 2-dose series of vaccines, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at an interval of two weeks, or
  • 2 weeks after 1-dose series of vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

In case you fail to meet any of the parameters as mentioned earlier, you are NOT fully vaccinated and, therefore, keep taking necessary precautions without any laxity.

What All Things Can I Do After Getting Fully Vaccinated?

Once you get fully vaccinated:

  • You can be a part of indoor gatherings with fully vaccinated people without wearing masks, or else you can remain immune by maintaining 6 feet distance.
  • You can even be a part of indoor gatherings with unvaccinated people without wearing masks or by maintaining 6 feet distance until and unless anyone is at a higher risk of COVID-19.
  • If you come in contact with a severely infected person, you may get mildly infected but will not get life-threatening conditions. 
  • You can freely move out without wearing a mask but not in densely populated venues.
  • You will not need COVID-19 report while or after traveling within the United States.
  • But in the case of international traveling:-
  • You do need to get tested before leaving the United States until and unless your destination demands it.
  • You will require a negative COVID-19 report while departing to the international United States.
  • You should get tested 3-5 days after every international travel.
  • You do need to self-quarantine after international traveling.
  • If you are surrounded by COVID positive person, it is not necessary for you to get tested. Go for the test only if you have any symptoms. However, if anyone in your home is tested positive, you should maintain distance for 15 days and get tested even if you do not experience any symptoms.

There is a difference between what all things a fully vaccinated person can do and what they should do. Let's see what it is!

What Should We Continue Doing?

People who are fully vaccinated should continue doing the following things:-

  • Despite being fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask in public gatherings because people around you might be severely infected with COVID-19, or everyone might not be fully vaccinated.
  • Even if you are safe and can get involved in indoor gatherings, avoid them as much as possible. 
  • You will have to follow the necessary guidelines while traveling, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. Fully vaccinated international travelers are also required to get tested within 3 days of their flight.
  • Despite being fully vaccinated, you should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have been around someone who is sick. If you feel any symptoms, isolate yourself first and then go for the treatment.
  • You still need to follow the safety measures and guidelines at your workplace.
  • People taking medicines that are weakening the immune system should constantly be in touch with the doctor even if they are fully vaccinated.

You might be thinking, even after getting fully vaccinated, people need to take precautions and care for themselves then what's the use of getting vaccinated? Let's see next.

Also Read: COVID-19 Vaccine: Myths Vs. Facts

What's The Difference After Getting Vaccinated?

  • Coronavirus vaccines are effective at protecting COVID-19 disease, especially in case of severe illness and death. If you are fully vaccinated, that doesn't mean you are immune and will never get tested positive. Being fully vaccinated means:-
  • The chance of getting infection decreases to a minimum than the people who are not vaccinated. This means you will not get infected very easily like before. The virus will have to struggle to make you infected.
  • In any which way, if you get infected even after getting fully vaccinated, the severity will be very low. The vaccine will prevent the infection from getting severe. 

What We Still Need To Know?

The officials are still struggling with the effectiveness of the vaccine on the following parameters:-

  • How effective is the vaccine against various variants of the virus causing COVID-19? The available data shows that the effectiveness of the vaccine varies with its spreading variants. Consequently, vaccines may be less effective against some of them.
  • How effectively the vaccine protects people with weakened immune systems, including people who are taking immunosuppressive medications.
  • How well the COVID-19 vaccine prevents the virus from spreading the disease.
  • For how long will the vaccine protect the people?

These were the latest updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Keep following the necessary measures and guidelines to prevent COVID-19. If you want to learn more regarding COVID-19, click here and stay immune.