(ABC4) – You’ve waited your turn and been vaccinated for COVID-19, but what now?
Vaccinated individuals might be left wondering how to navigate a world where only a portion of the population has received the vaccine. Do you continue to social distance and wear a mask? And when does immunity set in?
According to the Utah Department of Health, here is some information that vaccinated Utahns should know.
At what point am I immune to COVID-19?
Those who are vaccinated are considered immune two weeks after receiving their second dose of the vaccine. If you are exposed to the virus before that, you can still get sick.
Should I still wear a face mask?
According to the Utah Department of Health, yes. Though the vaccine has a 95% effectiveness rate of protecting you from COVID-19, experts still do not know if vaccinated people can spread the virus to others or not. Wearing a mask will protect those around you.
Therefore, it’s recommended that vaccinated people continue to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions, such as social distancing, staying home when sick, and washing hands often. This is especially important since COVID-19 variants are believed to spread more easily.
Do I still need to quarantine after being vaccinated?
If two weeks have passed since you received the second dose, you don’t have to quarantine or isolate if you are exposed to someone with the virus. However, you may still need to quarantine under certain circumstances, UDOH says.
If you have not yet received both doses of the vaccine and are exposed to someone who tests positive, the recommendation is to quarantine and get tested.
If you have received both doses of the vaccine but it has not been two weeks since you were vaccinated, the recommendation is also to quarantine and get tested.
What should I do if I experience COVID-19 symptoms?
Those who have had only one dose of the vaccine and experience COVID-19 symptoms should isolate and get tested immediately, as they can still catch the virus. People who have received both doses of the vaccine but have not yet gone two weeks since the second dose should also isolate and get tested right away.
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and it has been two weeks since your second dose of the vaccine, it is recommended that you call your doctor, as the symptoms are likely caused by something else. If your doctor recommends you get tested for COVID-19, that is okay. The vaccine does not affect the test’s accuracy.
For more information on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine, visit coronavirus.utah.gov.