I’m Vaccinated. Can I…?
As many people know, vaccines for the coronavirus are here; however, this comes with a couple of questions: Do I still have to wear a mask? Am I required to socially distance? Why do I feel sick after receiving the vaccine? Why do other people feel sick, but I do not? Or can I finally see my friends and family in person? All of these questions have definitive answers.
To start with the question of what exactly does the vaccine do, immunization introduces a
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particular type of white blood cell to the body that has fought the past coronavirus. This cell is called a “memory” cell, and therefore the cell “remembers” how to suppress the virus if it reencounters the infector. Although memory cells prevent the vaccinated individual from feeling symptoms, vaccinated individuals could still be a carrier of the coronavirus Therefore an unvaccinated individual has the potential to catch COVID-19 from a vaccinated individual if the person doesn’t follow the CDC guidelines, including wearing a mask and socially distancing.
Some people are afraid of getting the vaccine due to it being new and developed so quickly. Though the COVID-19 vaccine is safe, some of these beliefs could have built from the side effects. This answers the third question, “Why do I feel sick after the vaccine, or why do other people feel sick, but I don’t?” These side effects vary from person to person because of how their bodies react to it. For people who have had a side impact, most of them report (besides sore arm) pain or swelling at the injection site, a headache, chills, or, ironically, a fever. None of these, however, are life-threatening. According to the CDC, even though life-threatening reactions happen (such as anaphylaxis or a severe allergic response), they are scarce.
Finally, many people have wanted to see their family and friends again and hug them. And after the vaccine started to be administered widespread, this desire But, can vaccinated individuals see their friends and family? The answer is yes, but only if the family or friends are vaccinated as well. An exception is that the vaccinated person cannot take off their mask and not social distance with another vaccinated individual(s) unless it has been two weeks since the last dose, whether it was the 2-dose or the 1-dose vaccine. Also, a vaccinated individual(s) from the same household can see an unvaccinated individual(s) from the same home if only they see each other, and the unvaccinated person(s) are not at high-risk.
Find more info on the vaccine, where to get it, along with general information regarding COVID-19 on the CDC’s Website.