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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines for Americans vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated individuals can safely gather in small groups without a mask, as recommended.

“It’s important to keep in mind that this masked-free collection advice is limited to collecting in a private setting – not in public. This guide doesn’t translate so well into the workplace where the vaccination status and health-threatening conditions of co – Workers are not publicly known, “says Dr. Melanie Swift, Co-Chair of the Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Working Group on Vaccine Allocation and Distribution.

In this question and answer, Dr. Swift FAQs People Might Have After Being Vaccinated Against COVID-19:

Question: How long is each COVID-19 vaccine effective?

A. It is not yet known how long any of the COVID-19 vaccines to protect people from COVID-19 will last. We believe it will be at least three months. It’s probably a year, but we’ll have to wait and see. These studies are ongoing and we will get the answer to the question of how long each COVID-19 vaccine will work.

Question: How long does it take to build up immunity to COVID-19 after vaccination against COVID-19?

A. After you have completed your COVID-19 series of vaccinations, whether it is a two-dose series or a single dose, you will need to wait two weeks to get the full benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine. Even if you have the full benefit of your COVID-19 vaccine, COVID-19 is still circulating in the community. There is still no widespread immunity. Therefore, for the time being, people still have to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Question: Why do people vaccinated against COVID-19 still have to wear a mask and practice social distancing in public?

A. It’s frustrating that we’re not quite there yet, but when you take your mask off and start socializing in public it’s a bit like deciding that you don’t have to put on your seat belt because you do it’s a good driver. You can’t control all of the risks, and no COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective. Until a larger section of the population is protected, these precautions should not be loosened.

Q. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine?

A. A COVID-19 vaccine may cause mild side effects after the first or second dose, including:

  • Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was fired.
  • Fever.
  • Fatigue.
  • A headache.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Chills.
  • Joint pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Not feeling well.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

A COVID-19 vaccine can cause side effects similar to signs and symptoms of COVID-19. If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms more than three days after vaccination, or symptoms persist for more than two days, isolate yourself and get tested.

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