by Asma Khan, MD
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available to everyone in the United States over 12, and that Pfizer is conducting clinical trials in children aged 6 months to 11 years, it feels like the era of the pandemic is coming to an end.
However, it is still important to follow COVID-19 protocol after vaccination to make sure our communities are safe and in good health.
Protocol for Fully Vaccinated Individuals
Both indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people, as they have a highly reduced risk of transmitting COVID-19 to unvaccinated people. Domestic travel is no longer discouraged, with international travel becoming more of a possibility in the coming months as well.
It is still important for vaccinated individuals to continue to follow any federal, state, or local laws and regulations concerning mask-wearing. Masks are still required in most forms of public transportation, including planes, buses, and trains.
COVID-19 Symptoms After Vaccination
While the risk is very low, it is still possible to contract COVID-19 after vaccination. Fully vaccinated individuals should still get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. If they test positive, they should not visit any public settings for at least 10 days.
Fully vaccinated people with known recent exposure to someone with COVID-19 are not required to be tested or quarantine but should monitor themselves for at least 10 days for any COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 Vaccination: What You Need To Know
The currently authorized vaccines in the United States, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson, are highly effective at protecting people against symptomatic COVID-19. Growing evidence also suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to have an asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others.
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best and safest way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the virus. Contact Sun River Health or your local health care provider to make an appointment for your vaccine today, or to learn more about vaccination.
This article is sponsored by Sun River Health.
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