Data from Pfizer and Moderna shows that two weeks after the initial shot, up to 80% of people are protected from infection. However, most experts feel that protection varies greatly, ranging from 50% to 80%, depending on how long it takes for the vaccination to take effect and the individual diversity that exists with every vaccine. These reports can be disturbing as more people are reported having gotten the infection even after completing both doses of the vaccines available.
A pediatrician in Tampa, Robin Hauser was reported getting very sick seven weeks after her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This came as a shock to her because she believed she is completely protected having completed her vaccine, but unfortunately she still got the virus.
Also, Masha Gessen who got infected six days after her first dose described the occurrence as “unsetting and traumatic”. She felt traumatized because as she stated she was extremely careful not to get the virus for a whole year but however got it after getting her first dose.
By now you should know the reason why you need to stay safe out there, whether you are fully vaccinated or not. Although the vaccine protects you from the most extreme sickness and death caused by COVID-19, you can still contract the virus and also spread it to others. I guess now you know why the need to stay safe cannot be overemphasized!
While it is the right thing to get vaccinated as we will be protecting ourselves and our community, but even after this don’t forget to safeguard yourself especially with different variants circulating every time. It is our individual responsibility to stay safe out there not only to protect ourselves but everyone around us.
How to Protect Yourself and Others
There is a need to keep up with the preventive measure whether you have been vaccinated or not especially you have to remember some people are not eligible for the vaccine especially children under the age of 5 and people with very low immunity. It is, therefore, our individual responsibility to protect these people especially if we have any around us, and to protect ourselves too without losing guard to the fact that you have been vaccinated.
Put On a Mask.
I can relate to the fact that most people are fed up with putting on a mask and are not interested in hearing about it anymore. However, vaccinated or not you should consider putting on a mask in the following situations:
- When in indoor public areas, you are 2 years or older and have not been completely vaccinated.
- If you are in crowded outdoor settings and activities with close contact with those who are not completely vaccinated if you live in a region with a high frequency of COVID-19 infections.
- Even if they are fully vaccinated, those who have a sickness or are using medications that weaken their immune system may not be totally protected. Until their healthcare physician advises otherwise, they should continue to take all precautions suggested for unvaccinated persons, including wearing a well-fitting mask.
- If you are completely vaccinated, use a mask inside in public if you are in an area with significant or high COVID-19 circulation to maximize protection and avoid possible dissemination to others.
- When you are on a means of public transport, it is essential to wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you are on planes, trains, buses, or any other type of public transports.
If Possible, Avoid Crowded Areas And Spaces With Poor Ventilation.
- COVID-19 is more likely to spread in busy locations like restaurants, clubs, fitness centers, and movie theaters.
- As far as possible, avoid indoor locations that do not provide fresh air from the outside.
- If necessary, introduce fresh air into the house by opening windows and doors.
Handwashing Should Be Done Often.
- After being in a public location, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If you don’t have access to soap and water go for hand sanitizer, and make sure the sanitizer you are using contains 60% alcohol. Cover both of your hands or rub them together until they dry out completely.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with an unwashed or unsanitized hand
Disinfect and Clean
- Ensure you clean areas that are high-touch on a regular basis or as required, especially if you have guests. Tables, light switches, doorknobs, countertops, handles, desks, keyboards, phones, toilets, faucets, and sinks all fall under this category.
- If anyone around you recently got infected with Covid-19 make sure you disinfect all mutually touched places.
- Prior to disinfection, clean surfaces with detergent or soap and water if they are unclean.
Stay Updated On Your Health Daily
- Keep an eye out for signs of COVID-19, such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms.
- If symptoms appear, check your temperature.
- Ensure you don’t check your temperature within 30 minutes after exercising or taking medications that reduce your temperature.
- If symptoms are present, follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- If you are going into the office or business, or in other situations where keeping a physical distance of 6 feet is impossible, keep an eye on your symptoms.
Remember vaccinated or not it is your responsibility to stay safe in order to protect yourself and your loved ones. It is a choice to be vaccinated or not but, be responsible and stay safe out there. Our mission remains “Developing, Inspiring, and Empowering Communities for Economic Future”