COVID vaccines are now available to the public, and some of us have got vaccinated also. Now the question is whether it is safe to socialize after getting vaccinated. This article explains this in detail.
Vaccination is the process of injecting or providing infectious microorganisms in dead, partially live, or genetically engineered forms to offer resistance to the disease caused by them. Recently, the pandemic named COVID-19, which is caused by a novel Coronavirus, has hit so many lives. Researchers have developed vaccines with various commercial names and mild modifications, and now, these vaccines are available to the public. But, there are so many questions that are to be answered. Out of which the very commonly thought about is whether it is safe to socialize after getting fully vaccinated.
Certain recommendations have been given by the CDC as well as the authorities of specific nations. The three vaccines that are authorized and recommended in the US are,
Johnson and Johnson or Janssen.
In India, they are,
Some are DNA vaccines, and some are RNA vaccines. It is important to consult a physician or specialist to know whether you are a suitable candidate for getting vaccinated or not.
COVID-19 vaccines have shown better efficacy towards prevention from falling sick. Those who have got vaccinated have some privileges of doing certain things that were initially restricted before vaccination. Although the efficacy of the vaccines is claimed, people who have been vaccinated should take some necessary precautions like social distancing, wearing the mask, etc.
A person is considered to be fully vaccinated depending on the following:
Two weeks after getting the second dose in a 2-dose series.
Two weeks after getting a single-dose vaccine.
A person who has got only one dose of 2-dose vaccines or if it has been less than 2 weeks after getting the complete dose of the vaccine is considered to be unsafe or not fully protected.
A person who has got a complete dose of vaccination can do the following safely:
You can socialize and physically meet indoors with people who are fully vaccinated.
Gathering with unvaccinated people can also be done indoors from another house like relatives. This can be done without masks also, but it is suggested to wear masks as some people are prone to infection. Masks will help in limiting the transmission of infection.
If you come in contact with a COVID-positive patient, you do not have to restrict yourself. You can get yourself tested if you experience any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
The exception comes when you live in a combined family. If you get exposed to a COVID-positive patient, it is advisable to quarantine yourself for 2 weeks. After which, you should get yourself tested even if you do not experience any symptoms.
Following steps should be taken by you even if you are vaccinated:
Take necessary preventive steps to protect yourself and the people around you. The basic steps include wearing masks, the social distance of at least 6 feet from others, avoid going in a crowded area or poorly ventilated areas. It is necessary to take these steps, especially when you are in a public area, meeting up with unvaccinated people who are more prone to develop the infection, etc.
It is advisable to prevent any huge or moderately crowded area.
Avoid or delay traveling to domestic or international areas. If you have to travel, it is recommended to follow the guidelines suggested by CDC and your national or local authorities. You should still delay domestic and international travel.
Keep a check on any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you have come in contact with a COVID-positive patient.
If you experience any symptoms, get yourself tested and quarantine yourself.
COVID vaccination has become a useful tool to limit this infection. Even though we are getting vaccinated, there is some information that is still to be studied.
COVID-19 vaccines help prevent COVID-19 infection, more importantly, any severe illness and death.
There are so many variants of the virus that are emerging. Hence, the effectiveness of vaccines on the different variants of this virus is yet to be studied. The studies did till now show that the vaccines are effective against some variants whereas not effective against others.
It is important to emphasize that preventive measures should be taken even though.
The duration of effectiveness of the vaccines is also still under observation or study.
This is a very common thought in everyone’s mind. To reach this stage of interacting normally with people like earlier, we all have to develop herd immunity. It is the point where people no longer contract the infection or virus, nor do they develop COVID-19 easily, meaning the point where people cannot contract the virus and develop COVID-19 easily. Also, the number of people or portion of the population that has to be vaccinated is also under question depending on the priorities and resources. Hence, till then, the only best thing that can be done is to follow the prevention guidelines. This has to be done until a majority of the population gets vaccinated.
COVID vaccines are helping us to limit infection. Different countries have different brands with different doses and compositions. Although the efficacy and duration are not completely studied and are still under observation, it is safe to take the vaccine. It is important to judge who should get the vaccine and who should not.
Also, for those who have questions regarding the vaccines, you can contact a specialist at the ease of your home, maintaining all the health and preventive norms via online medical platforms. Hence, go ahead and consult a specialist online to know more about the COVID vaccine.
Last reviewed at:
09 Jun 2021 - 4 min read
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