Masks and social distancing required even if you get a vaccine

Written by on December 21, 2020

Masks and social distancing required even if you get a vaccine

By Tyler Pratt

December 21, 2020

A woman is seen wearing a plaid protective face mask during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Washington Square Park on May 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)

More than 17,000 Pennsylvania healthcare workers have received COVID vaccines. Tens of thousands more will be vaccinated in the coming weeks. But social distancing and mask-wearing are still needed, even if you get a shot. 

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The first FDA approved injections are from Pfizer and Moderna. They are effective in keeping you from getting really sick from COVID, but you need two doses. 

“So you’re only going to be partially protected after the first dose,” Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Monday. “[The] second dose is three to four weeks later and to develop full immunity from those vaccines takes several weeks later.”

The Pfizer and Moderna trials only looked at how many vaccinated people got sick with Covid-19. Meaning, it’s possible for some who get the shots to become infected without developing symptoms and still be contagious.  

“That is why people will need to continue all of our mitigation factors until we have much more of the whole community that is immunized,” Levine said.

50% to 70% of populations will need to be COVID resistant to get herd immunity. Future nasal vaccines may help prevent spread of the virus. But those are still in the trial phase. 

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