Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic completely changed the way we’re living. Suddenly, people were to be shut in their homes to keep themselves safe from this highly transmissible virus. Now, with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, there are hopes that we may soon be able to return to normal life. But what should people do after a full vaccine?
Essentially, after a full vaccine, you can live life the way you did before the pandemic began. However, if we get into the nitty-gritty details, the exact guidelines on life post-vaccination change every day as we learn new things.
In this post, we’ll tell you how you can go about living your life after you’ve been vaccinated and if you need to take any precautions around other people, such as children.
What Does The COVID Vaccine Do?
The COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting sick. There’s still a lot of speculation over what precisely the vaccine can do, and, truth be told, the answer to this differs from vaccine to vaccine.
There is no guarantee of complete immunity with the COVID-19 vaccine. This means that it is still possible to get the virus even after being fully vaccinated. So, it’s essential to know exactly what to do after getting vaccinated.
However, one thing we know for sure is that fully vaccinated people do not get severely sick from COVID. So, even if you test positive for the virus after your vaccinations, the chances of you needing to rush to the hospital are incredibly low.
What Counts As Fully Vaccinated?
You’re fully vaccinated for COVID-19 once you’ve received all your vaccination shots. The exact timeframe for this will differ depending on what vaccine you’re getting.
If you get a two-dose vaccine, such as Pfizer or Moderna, you’ll be fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second shot. If you get a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnsons & Johnsons, you will be fully vaccinated two weeks after your shot.
It’s important to wait two weeks because that’s the amount of time it takes for your immune system to learn how to fight against the COVID-19 virus. So, until those two weeks are over, you can get the virus.
If you have a compromised immune system or are taking medicines that weaken your immunity, you may not be fully vaccinated even after these timeframes have passed. So, you would still need to take all precautions you were taking previously.
What Can People Do After They Are Fully Vaccinated?
As we already said, you can essentially live life the way you used to before the pandemic once you’re fully vaccinated. This means you no longer need to wear a mask or socially distance from others unless the law requires you to do so.
Ideally, you should only stop mask and social distancing protocols when you’re around other vaccinated individuals because that is when the risk is the lowest.
In addition to this, a lot of countries are now allowing fully vaccinated people to travel freely. You’ll still probably need a negative PCR test to board flights. However, the quarantine requirements that most countries have in place for international travelers may not apply to you!
Should Fully Vaccinated People Still Take Precautions?
But, let’s talk about what people should do after they’re fully vaccinated. While you may be protected from the virus, there can still be people around you vulnerable to the virus. So, on the off chance that you get COVID, you may transmit it to others.
So, you should still wear a mask when you’re around other unvaccinated people and in busy, crowded places like your office or a hospital. Similarly, you should follow both mask and social distancing protocols if you’re traveling internationally.
We recommend getting a COVID test done 3 to 5 days after international travel since traveling gives you a lot of potential COVID exposure. You should also get tested and self-isolate if you exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have children living in the house with you, they’re probably not vaccinated yet. Luckily, you don’t have to worry. As long as the adults in the house are fully vaccinated, you can stay around the children without a mask.
It is important to remember that children of all ages can become sick with COVID-19. However, the risk of children getting severely ill from COVID is very low. In fact, most children are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
The likelihood of children getting infected with COVID falls even lower for children below the age of 10. So, if you have young children around the house, you don’t need to follow conventional safety guidelines if you’re fully vaccinated.
However, some children can still get quite sick from COVID. In general, children with underlying conditions, such as asthma diabetes, are at risk for getting a severe case of the virus. So, if the children in your house have underlying conditions, we advise you wear a mask near them.
Is Life Going Back To Normal?
Many expert guidelines on the vaccine tell us that we can start living life as we used to before the pandemic if we’re fully vaccinated. Of course, this is only for when we are around other fully vaccinated individuals.
However, this doesn’t mean that everything has gone back to normal just yet. COVID is still very present in the world, and a lot of people still remain unvaccinated. This means as a fully vaccinated person, you still need to take precautions around other unvaccinated individuals and in crowded places.
It is only when these precautions are followed that we can hope to slowly return to the normalcy we had before the pandemic.