The fact that you finally got your Covid vaccine may feel like a relief and the first step toward moving back to pre-pandemic life, but the hard truth is that it is not an excuse to let your guard down just yet. In fact, experts say that we are in a watershed moment in the pandemic. CDC director Dr. Rachelle Walensky said Tuesday that the U.S. faces impending doom due to a increase in cases and hospitalizations, even as the age of vaccination eligibility is expanding. What happened to you by email? While the government says it's OK for vaccinated people to hang out outside of maskless without a mask and even for fully vaccinated people to get together maskless with people from another household who have n't been vaccinated many safety measures are still as important as ever. According to experts, even for those who are vaccinated, avoiding large or medium gatherings, delaying travel, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance when in public are a must. Why are risks still being vaccinated even after you 've been vaccinated?
You do n't have full immunity right away.
After a vaccine, it takes your immune system a few weeks to build up protection against the virus. Since Moderna and Pfizer's Covid vaccines require two doses, you only get partial immunity about two weeks after the first dose and you get further immunity two weeks after the second dose. In clinical trials, J& J ’ s single dose vaccine showed protection against Covid-related hospitalization and death starting 28 days after vaccination. According to the CDC, this is why you are not considered fully vaccinated for Covid until two weeks after receiving the single dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after having the second dose of the J& J vaccine. According to the CDC, 16% of the United States population is currently fully vaccinated.
Even vaccinated, you can still get Covid and spread it to others.
As with any vaccine, it's possible that even people who have received both doses of the vaccine could get infected with Covid, which is described as a breakthrough case. For example, public health officials reported 102 breakthrough cases since Feb. 1 in Washington state which is about 01% of vaccinated people in the state. In February, four people in Minnesota who received both doses of the vaccine were found to be positive for Covid Breakthrough cases have also been identified in Oregon. Typically, and in the cases listed above, people with milder cases have if any breakthrough symptoms. There are also still questions about whether the Covid vaccines block transmission of virus. According to the CDC: A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to get asymptomatic infection and potentially more likely to transmit SARS-CoV 2 to others. However, further investigation is ongoing. A CDC study published Monday found that one dose of either Pfizer or Moderna's vaccines was 80% effective in preventing Covid infections, for example. But it is possible that someone who is vaccinated can have very mild symptoms, or potentially no symptoms at all, and still pass the virus to someone else.
Even mild cases could impede herd immunity, which can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine and lower the number of units.