Doctors: Don't let your guard down after vaccine

WNYT Staff
Updated: February 22, 2021 08:26 PM
Created: February 22, 2021 08:26 PM

If you've gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, you may be wondering if pandemic precautions are still necessary.

Doctors at Cleveland Clinic say don't let your guard down just yet.

They say it's important to remember the first vaccine only offers about 50% protection.

About two weeks after the second vaccine, recipients are 95% protected from COVID-19.

However, we still need to protect those waiting, or unable, to get the vaccine.

Doctors are still trying to determine if someone who's been vaccinated can still carry and pass the virus to somebody who's unvaccinated.

"Only once we get to probably about 70-80% of Americans being vaccinated are we really going to be able to let down our guard and be able to take off our masks and start to live a little bit more of a normal life," said Dr. Kristin Englund with Cleveland Clinic.

Even if you're spending time with people who are fully vaccinated, doctors say safety rules still apply.

It's important your circle continues masking, social distancing, and following hand hygiene guidelines to protect people outside your bubble.

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